Grand Lake Farmers Market is amazing. Of the four that I know of in the East Bay, this one is the largest and most fun. I'm extra lucky because it's also the closest one to my house! In addition to all the delicious fresh fruits, veggies, cheeses, meats and drinks, there's also a huge selection of flowers, prepared food and food trucks, as well as various handmade pieces of art, jewelry and pottery.
These stackable bowls stole my heart.
Fresh flowers everywhere!
Bicycle Coffee is super delicious, and I'm amazed that their entire stand can be broken down and contained in this little cart. (Which is then pulled along by bicycle!)
This fine gentleman serenaded the crowd with beautiful music - which was very reminiscent of Amelie.
My favorite thing to eat here is from Fleur de Lyon : a Garnet Sweet Potato Brioche, accompanied by a spinach salad drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar dressing.
So many people bring their dogs along to enjoy the festivities, and I love looking at all the little pups almost as much as the Market itself. ^^
My haul from the Farmers Market: mixed greens, scallions, mandarin oranges, pink lady apples, multi-color carrots, boccalone ciauscolo salame, sage cheddar cheese, a peach honey stick (hidden), and pretzel croissants.
This salame is life changing - I don't even like mushrooms, but this is too good to pass up!
Best cheese ever: sage cheddar.
Multi-color carrots - can you see the purple one, hidden at the bottom? I must admit I had never eaten a carrot that wasn't orange before this, but all of these were super tasty.
A Peach Honey stick. It may not look all that impressive, but this simple, sweet & delicious treat has become my new favorite snack.
I'm from the Midwest, so a year round Farmers Market still blows my mind. I hope you all are lucky enough to live near one, but if not I highly recommend stopping at any you might find on your travels. It's super fun!
Thanks for looking. ^-^