Saturday, March 28, 2015

Meet Your Cremator

Think of a city called Columbia, in South Carolina, which also happens to be the state capital.  The natives shorten the name to "Cola" or "Cola Town".  In turn, the nickname has morphed into "Soda City".

Now imagine a place (where I live, our high was 22F (-5 ) with a wind chill of 6F (-14 C)) where it was about 43 F (6C) with bright sunshine.  It was warming up fast.

I was so happy, having escaped the Zombied Snowcopolyse I blogged about on Wednesday.

Hence, welcome to today's Soda City Farmers Market.

This outdoor market is in the heart of downtown Columbia, several blocks from the state capital.  Two blocks of Main Street are closed down for the Saturday market.

It was so nice to be at an outdoor market - my first one since October of last year.

Yes, you will find soda. (In other parts of the country, this might be called "pop" or even "soda pop".)

Fresh pasta. (We filled up).
And then we saw this booth.  My spouse loves hot sauce, and a good pun.  This booth had both. (Their motto is "Hot as Hell. Tastes like Heaven.)

It didn't disappoint.  Sauces were laid out for tasting on little cubes of cheese, and spouse and I had to taste.  Spouse bought a jar and was happy.  Meanwhile, I'm still coughing.
One last picture - you would expect to find grits at a Southern market and this one did not disappoint.

The only disappointing thing about this market is that they are not a producer only market, but I only saw one booth that, I'm positive, was not selling local fresh produce.  (The grits above are not grown locally, but are processed locally.)

Next Saturday, I will only have my memories.

Do you like to shop at farmer's markets?

8 comments:

  1. Great pics! And yes, I can't wait for our local Farmer's market to open! We're still waiting for all the snow to melt around here.

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    1. Now that we are getting more snow in upstate New York - sigh, will spring ever come for you and me?

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  2. Oh my goodness. I definitely would have left with some pasta! I'm a little jealous of your market trip!!!!

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    1. This is the second farmers market in South Carolina (the other was last year, in Charleston) where I saw fresh pasta. You'd think you'd see something like this in upstate New York. I'm jealous, too!

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  3. I don't usually shop at farmer's markets but that's mainly because the nearest one to me is not close enough to be convenient. That's interesting about the Cola Town thing. My mom once went to Bogota with her job, but I've never been to columbia at all before.

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    1. This is in South Carolina - it's the capital city and the largest city in the state. I had passed through it several times over the years and finally stopped for a visit. Glad I did.

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  4. I'd love to taste all those grits. I had it for breakfast every day when I was on holiday in Florida. Love it. It's similar to porridge in that it's hot and soft and comforting to eat. That's when I first indulged in that syrup from the trees, what's it called? Um. The name won't come to mind. Not treacle, not honey. Ah, maple syrup. My mind just kicked in.

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    1. Grits are a huge thing here in South Carolina. Many will eat grits with butter. They will also cook a dish of grits with shrimp - not just for breakfast.

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