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Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Salt Lake Farmer's Market

I woke up yesterday morning before 5:00, which is my usual schedule.  I made a cup of coffee and turned on my computer and read the normal news sources that I always read.  I started thinking about what adventure could the Lovely Sharon and I engaged in on this beautiful Saturday.  Sharon did not participate in this contemplation since she was asleep in her bed and I was down in the Bud Cave.  A good idea popped into my mind- we should go to breakfast, go to the dowtown Salt Lake Farmer's Market, and then meander through the new downtown City Creek Center shopping mall.  I had been to the mall once but since it only opened in April, Sharon and not ventured downtown from our Sandy home. It occured to me that this would be an enjoyable and different day for us.

I was still out my computer, writing yesterday's blog entry when the Lovely Sharon trodded downstairs to the Bud Cave, wearing a short black robe over her jamies, with tosseled morning hair.  I told her my plan  and she agreed that it sounded like a good idea.

After we were both showered, and dressed we started off for the International House of Pancakes.  I think all Saturday adventures should start at IHOP or some equivalent.  I am pretty certain that before he sailed to the new world, Columbus and his crew stopped at IHOP for a short stack with sides of scrambled eggs and linked sausages. If you read the histories of Lewis and Clark, they are replete with descriptions of their breakfasts at IHOP before trekking off to discover the American West.

After IHOP we headed downtown and arrived at the Farmer's Market around 9:30 or so.  The Market covers and entire city block and is filled with tents and booths, with musicians playing their instruments in strategic locations throughout the Market.  The Market was already packed by the time we arrived.  It felt more like a street fair than a shopping experience, but plenty of people were buying fresh produce, cheese and other locally grown foods.  There were also many booths where jewelry, pottery, paintings, photograpsh and other items were sold.

We bought some pottery from a Park City artist and we bought some dragonfly jewelry from a local artist.

We sat in the shade on plastic chairs and watched chefs from three local reaturants compete in a culinary competition, cooking with fresh ingredients on small propane cook tops.  They were all on a stage perfoming like musicians for an interested audience.

I loved seeing the musicians, old and young playing for coins

As we were strolling through market we came across a young man with beautiful owl

We had a wonderful time at the Farmers Market.   If you have not been to the downtown Salt Lake Farmer's Market, you should go.  It is truly an enjoyable experience.

(The Lovely Sharon)

We finally made it to the City Creek Center for a couple hours of strolling through the shops.  By the time we returned home, we both needed naps.  It was  a lovely day.

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