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We have only just discovered the Farmers’ Market held at Celebration each Sunday morning. It is now going to be a regular visit for us the first Sunday we visit. It operates October though May from 9 am to 3 pm.
The main road down to the lake is blocked off and filled with stalls. The fruit, vegetables and home made produce are at the top end nearest the through road and the craft stalls fill up the remainder of the road.
I have always been a bit disappointed with the fresh fruit and vegetable in the supermarkets as they have tended not to be as fresh as I would have expected from a State which was primarily agricultural. Even the strawberries have not seemed as tasty as the American strawberries imported into the UK.
The produce on the fruit and vegetable stalls in the Celebration Market were wonderful. The grapefruit were the size of melons and the oranges were as juicy as you can imagine. There was also a tremendous range of vegetables. While I’m sure not all of it was grown locally it all looked fresh and they tasted great.
The cake stalls looked so good that I just didn’t dare buy anything as I know they would just have been eaten straight up and Florida is tempting enough at meal times. They had bread pudding, banana cakes, key lime pie etc. etc. etc. The calories just don’t bare thinking about. Fortunately it was a really hot day and so I had a consolation of a cooling ice-cream at the superb ice-cream parlour and high class chocolate/fudge shop next to the cinema!
The craft stalls ranged from the tacky to the exclusive and from the practical to the exotic. There were handmade signs and toys, plants and flowers, things for the home, and yet more things to eat, including an amazing range of honeys. There was even a modern version of snake oil. The wonder tonic on sale would cure all the aches, pains and illnesses that exist! I couldn’t help wondering if he actually came back every week. I will certainly look out next time. One of the more intriguing stands sold “Road Kill Sauce. ” Apparently it is a BBQ sauce that is so good it even makes road kill taste good!
When you have seen all you want of the market, or perhaps you have spent out, you can choose active or restful alternatives. A brisk walk around the lake can give you an appetite or raise a thirst and you can slake your thirst with genuine English tea served at Sherlock’s tea rooms. Alternatively you can just sit by the lake in the rocking deck chairs. What better way to spend a peaceful few hours.
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