On Saturday, we woke up a bit later than usual due to a long night with cranky kids. As soon as I checked my phone, I realised that I had missed a text from my good friend, Amy, reminding me that we’d had plans to hit the Farmers Market together in Winter Garden. She’d sent the text about 20 minutes previously asking if we were still going or not, and I immediately texted back to ask if I was too late. She assured me I wasn’t, and so I hastily gathered the family and got everyone ready as quickly as possible.
Amy and I had had plans SEVERAL times over the last few months, and something always seemed to come up to keep me from getting out there. This time I was determined. So once we were ready, we got in our cars and drove the 30 minutes up the road to see what we’d been missing all this time.
I love me a good Farmer’s Market. After years living in English market towns, I am always ready with cash in hand to support local small businesses who sell good quality food and goods. And the Winter Garden Farmers Market didn’t disappoint!
The quaint town is very reminiscent of the town I grew up in. It’s a beautiful place full of character, and I loved that Amy took us the back way in. It was a beautiful day, and it was lovely to just get out for a nice walk, if nothing else.
Our first stop was the coffee cart, where Amy introduced us to her favorite vendor. The brew was delicious and cheap at only $2 a cup! A real German baker was selling breads and pastries, so Amy got a lovely chocolate croissant and we headed over to sit by the fountains and enjoy our breakfast.
Dexter was having a ball taking in the sights and sounds, not to mention sharing in Amy’s delicious pastry. He played in the fountain a bit with daddy, and he took great pleasure in making trips to the garbage bin across the courtyard to throw away our refuse. He even “helped” Amy when it came time to change her baby’s diaper!
In the middle of the crowds was a small outdoor section where a musician played cover songs for everyone to enjoy. There was plenty of seating in the open sunshine, and were it not for our small baby, we might have sat down to enjoy it. As it was, keeping him happy and out of the sun meant we had to keep to the shadows of the stalls. Of course, we did get to HEAR the music, which was wonderful and made the day even more colorful.
As we explored the stalls, I took pleasure in all of the different items on display. I fell in love with a beautiful sun hat for sale by an English woman, and after I paid my $30 for it, we chatted about “the old country” a bit. She was from Winchester, and I didn’t live very far from her, which was quite nice.
One of the awesome stalls we encountered was a “Cupcake” stand which sold savory cupcake creations. Amy and I each tried one, and they were delicious! Mine was the Hefty Heavenly Hashbrown, which was described as “homemade southern style hashbrown casserole, topped with fresh scrambled eggs, diced ham steak, sautéed bell pepper and onion, finished with three cheese sauce and croissant croutons.” And Amy tried Big Bubba’s Biscuit, which was “A flaky buttermilk biscuit layered with homemade creamy sausage gravy, topped with cheesy scrambled eggs, finished with crispy bacon.” They had others (such as Thunder Thigh Thanksgiving, Chubby Chaser Chicken Alfredo, etc), and they informed us that they get their ingredients as often as possible from OTHER local venders. So supporting them helps support the rest of the market as well!
Toward the end of our explorations, we came across a man with a lovely birdie. Dexter was in awe of it, and Amy had a deep conversation with him about her love of birds, and how much work they entail. I can’t actually remember what type of bird this one was, but it sure was pretty!
We had such great fun exploring the market together, and while we didn’t end up buying any of the fresh produce on offer, we for sure will be back soon to do just that. Unfortunately, I took ill toward the end, and we had to make a hasty retreat back home, but it was an amazingly fun day, nonetheless.
I always enjoy spending time with Amy. She knows a little bit about everything, and she’s always good for exploring new places. Plus her daughter is just amazingly cute! I think that there are some people you are friends with through experience (such as motherhood) and friends you would make no matter what. I think Amy is one I would be friends with no matter what, but our shared experiences of motherhood help to bond us, as well.
Our day was such a success, and between yummy food, friendly people and a gorgeous setting, it’s a day I hope to repeat again soon. Winter Garden is lovely, and the Farmers Market is definitely one you’ll want to check out if you’re ever in central Florida!
I mean, look what a happy family it made us!