On November 2nd, my time in Delmarva is done. I’ve eaten some of the best food in my life out here, met some of the best growers and vendors at the local farmer’s market. Milford Farmer’s Market helped me make exciting breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for my husband and I for two consecutive summers, and we now know that there won’t be a third. This is my love letter to the people who feed Delmarva. Thank you for the time and love you put into everything you produce.
Thank you to Fat Cat Farms, who started their first year at the Milford Farmer’s Market with us in 2019. Thank you for always remembering us, for having duck eggs and english muffins for us every single week. You’ve added something special to a small market that often doesn’t exist in larger locations. Your care for your animals shows on your facebook page, and the care for your food shows in every bite. I’ll never forget the last market when you asked if I’d still be doing this. I will be.
You may have noticed it's been a very quiet few weeks around here. I won't make excuses. I havent felt like doing it. The last month has been very hard and will remain hard through the rest of October. I can't promise many articles until maybe mid November.
First off, my husband was let go from his job in mid September. This put a lot of strain on us and my extra projects, mostly that I cannot afford to purchase new cookbooks each month or buy into food experiments while we need to save as much money as possible to make sure we can survive up until we move to the new job he just got, which is in Green Bay Wisconsin, and into the time after we land in our new home.
That's the big one. It will impact what we do around here on Eating Normal for a few months, and up until we are unpacked in our new home, it means that not a lot of fresh content will be coming up. I have plans to highlight the great food and great people that have made my experience as a cook and an eater a good one in the state of Delaware before we depart, so keep an eye open for that.
Food waste has been an especially big concern here in the Eating Normal kitchen knowing that I cannot take everything in my fridge and pantry clear across the country. I don't think I have ever seen the fridge as empty as it is in this moment. How do I use everything I have neglected for likely a whole year? What if I don't want to eat the things I see on my shelves? Do I have to eat it? All those answers and more are to be explored during the time I give myself to write.
Speaking of writing, November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. I have participated successfully for three years, and I don't intend to stop this time around. I let this blog slip last year. It's likely I will be unemployed for the whole of the event if I don't get lucky. Maybe this time around I can make the big goals I set for myself to help other writers get through the month with quick meals and healthy snacks to keep butts in chairs and fingers on keyboards.
I can't say with any certainty when things will get back to normal around here. We are so often knocked off schedule by one thing or another that there may not be a normal, but one post in almost four weeks certainly isn't it.
October 5th was the last day of the Milford Farmer’s Market, and in honor of that day, we made our very last visit to the Milford Farmer’s Market. It was a special morning, the first truly cool Fall morning in Delaware this year. Sunny, beautiful, chilly. In the spirit of that, we highlight for the last time T.S. Smith and Sons, a local grower with their own brick and mortar and a U-pick set up for apples and pumpkins to get you in the spirits for October. With that in mind, let’s talk about what they had to offer at the Farmer’s Market on this beautiful Saturday morning.
Their apples are a strong selling point both at their physical location and their stall. With multiple varieties available, there is something at the stall for every taste-- but that’s not the best part. The best part comes from the fresh apple cider and the donuts they produce from it on location. I’ve lived in apple orchard heaven, southern Illinois, and walking up to their stand today sent me right back home.
The apple cider donuts disappeared the moment I got them home. Two went down within ten minutes, and they are among the best apple cider donuts I’ve ever had. Fried, of course, just like they should be, and covered in sugar. These are the great things about fall. While they’ll no longer be at the Milford Farmer’s Market, they can be found at their permanent location during the market offseason.
This is just part of the reason they’re our last vendor highlight of the year. All through the year, they showed up every single week with a variety of ingredients. Brussel sprouts, beans, peppers, etc. were among the items I’ve seen on their table each week. Their fall offerings are among their strongest, yes, but all year, they had something worth picking up.
Go give them a look at their T.S. Smith Orchard Point Market Facebook page, and if you’re ever in Bridgeville, take a short drive down to visit them at their permanent location. They have things going on for the Fall season.
Stay tuned for some news regarding the future of Eating Normal. You may have noticed there was no October cookbook of the month. I’ll let you in on why later this week.
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