This Friday marked opening day at Ottsville Farmer's Market. Fields Without Fences is so grateful to be part of an impressive community of vendors and fun loving market customers!
In front of the old stone barn at Linden Hill Gardens, we had so much fun getting to know all the folks, and chit chatting about our early season offerings. Fields Without Fences came to market with a healthy dose of wild edibles, herbs, early spring greens, and sunchokes. We tried to provide a true taste of Spring in the temperate northeast. Delicate baby greens and wild edibles of the sweet, tart, and bitter variety are just the tonic we need after a long winter. We encountered so many open minds curious about trying something new, and we were happy to be almost entirely sold out of our produce stash within a couple hours!
This market will be running every Friday 4-8pm through October. The scene is part market, part BBQ, part outdoor festival that really feels like a harvest celebration. In the center of the vendor ring there is a large stone grill set up and locals cook up freshly purchased fish and focaccia. Someone walks about with a plate of grilled fiddleheads for all to taste. At picnic tables around the grill folks laugh and uncork bottles from the local vineyard purveyor two tents over. An impromptu jam session erupts with hand drums and guitars, the children run around laughing and calling out to one another. We try to make friends with all that pass by. We forgot to eat before market and were happy to fill up on some smoked salmon crepes sold by the local food truck vendor. We forgot our table (yikes!) and the fine folks and Linden Hill Gardens let us borrow one in a pinch. We handed out recipes and were happy to turn curious market goers onto buttery sunchokes, and nutrient dense nettle. At the end of the evening, Meg who is selling sourdough breads at the table next to us, offered us two left over loaves. We gave her the remaining few handfuls of garlic chives and the suggestion of pesto. We've been devouring the delightful gift all weekend, and I can't quite determine if this is the best bread I've ever eaten, or if I've simply forgotten all that came before? Spring is for lovers.
Please join us next weekend as we return with similar offerings and big smiles. The mood will be high and sunset will be beautiful. Say hi to us friend :)
With open heart & mind,
Fields Without Fences