I have been to Farmer’s Markets before, and the usual fare is more about being artsy than real products right off the farm, but in the case of the Leucadia Farmer’s Market held at the Paul Ecke Elementary School on Union Street, the fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread, local honey, Vegan products, savory jerky, and a variety of stalls serving delicious foods, left me totally impressed and hungry for more.
My daughter Lara and I walked from the Riviera Mobile Home and RV Park by heading south for several blocks on Vulcan Ave to the school grounds. The first thing I purchased, of course, was fresh strawberries. You can rarely buy sweet, bright red strawberries in the grocery store that are ripe and have enough sugar content; so we bought a 3 pack for $10.00. This is a little pricey, but an indulgence that I just couldn’t pass up. We then marched over to a booth selling fresh-baked, organic bread from Prager Bros. that is based in Carlsbad, and I chose a baguette. The baguette needed something to put on it, so we bought a sun-dried tomato and olive oil spread from Topnada that is produced in Vista, CA. Lara grabbed $1.00 worth of young carrots grown at a local farm and a bag of tea by Loose Leaf called: Body Balance from Oceanside that she was allowed to sample before buying. Everything was grown organically and produced locally, which makes this a very special Farmer’s Market.
You need to bring your own bags and with our goodies packed safely away, we headed to the student’s chicken coop to check out the egg-laying hens. The Farmer’s Market is held at the Ecke Elementary School, and this school features the most adorable mini-farm with a huge pumpkin that is still growing on the vine, sunflowers, rows of corn with a stuffed scarecrow staring down at you, a variety of squashes and vegetables, and of course, chickens. Children can go right up to the hens with their parents and call them by name. They have adorable names such as- Pepper, Petunia, Gladys, Marshmallow, Pearl, Thing 1 and 2, Sunnyside and Petunia. My favorite was Pearl. Pearl is a pale gray Ameracaunas, a breed that originated here in the United States and lays beautiful, green/blue eggs. How fortunate these elementary kids are to see where eggs and fruits and vegetables actually come from.
It was a fabulous way to spend the morning. The weather has been perfect, maybe just a tad bit hot what with the humidity, but so much better than the scorching heat of the desert. We have been swimming every day and relishing our escape from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for the summer. Life is good! We are not sure of what the next plan will be concerning our travels. We were told by a friend that Yellowstone is even smokey. Before we head out, we need to know that there are no wildfires burning out of control so that Callie doesn’t have another asthma attack. We have her stabilized once again, and I don’t want her to start coughing.