The South Carolina State Farmers Market.
It grand opened this past weekend.
And yes, I've been counting down the days on my calendar for MONTHS.
Actually, the market isn't completely brand new. It has been around for a while. But it now has new and improved facilities. And is HUGE.
And seeing as how I have NEVER been to a Farmer's market.... it is all new to me.
The new set up includes:
1. A restaurant. With amazing Southern food on the menu. Specifically pimento cheese burgers!
2. A demo kitchen. Where they will host COOKING SHOWS!!!! ( Sorry that I just screamed that but I'm super excited)
3. A butcher shop.
4. A bakery.
5. Tons and tons of vendors with crafts, food, and plants/flowers.
6. A produce store that is open from 6am-10pm EVERY DAY!
Did I mention that it is down the street from me? Well, actually it is fifteen minutes away... but considering where I live it is pretty much down the street.
We treated the grand opening like a date. Because every one knows how romantic produce and plants are. Right?
Are we the only ones?
I envisioned sampling all kinds of foods. And filling my trunk up with veggies. And buying fresh breads. And constantly telling Kev "no" when he repeatedly asked if he could buy some plants.
(We just had to register my house as a tropical rainforest. For Gaston map purposes. Except for there is no rain. Only plants. Millions and millions of plants.)
But unfortunately (fortunately for the market) the place was PACKED.
Like Disney World packed.
Except I'm exaggerating. A little.
Regardless of the crowds, Kev was able to find his own personal oasis immediately....
The rest of the market was fabulous! And so much fun!
I can see the market and me becoming fast friends.
Especially if they keep the petting zoo around....
These turkey lurks were so much cooler than my featherless, albino next door neighbors.
By accident. Of course.
It is important to get good pictures. Even if I'm unsure of what I'm taking a picture of.
The singing unknown animal...
After Kev pulled me kicking and screaming from the random animals.... we started our produce shopping.
And I'm sure I caused a scene by saying out loud what every single fruit or veggie cost at Publix. Because the price difference is insane.
And I suddenly realized that my grocery budget just got a little more manageable.
Or at least I can spend more on peanut butter and cheese. The important things.