Yes, my family has seen the 1971 version of Fiddler on the Roof staring Topol a gazillion times, we’ve been to countless live performances, and yes- at my Dad’s 50th birthday party one of his dearest friends and his wife acting out “If I were a rich man” for all to enjoy. Needless to say, we all have many of the songs and lines memorized and they often make their way into our everyday conversation.
A Tradition that I have to to treasure, since getting married, occurs every year around spring time. When the weather starts to warm up and the tulip poplars begin to blossom, my Grandmother and I begin to watch the forecast to ensure that the threat if another frost is far behind us. After securing a Friday on each of our calendars, we are off to spend the morning together at the International Farmer’s Market(IFM)on Winchester. This place is massive and we usually spend about two hours roaming up and down every aisle.
Why, do you ask, do we need to wait until the weather is warmer? The main reason we trek out to the IFM is to get herbs for our gardens. The IFM has the most incredible prices on herbs and they are larger than any other ones we’ve seen in the city. When you first walk in, before the produce section, is a large area filled with herbs, greenery, and flowers.
They have all sorts of herbs including: Sage, Parsley, Cilantro, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint, Oregano, etc! We bought at least one of each!
Here are some of the beautiful flowers they had.
After selecting our herbs, we made our way to the ginormous produce section. I was first captivated by the beautiful aray of Scotch bonnet peppers.
Then amazed to see fresh garbanzo beans! I have never seen them still in the pod. They look nothing like their canned counterpart!
I rounded to corner to another surprise of the largest squash I have ever seen in a grocery store, maybe in my life?
Just because I stopped photographing produce does not mean that I was not further impressed by the offerings in to IFM. The beautiful eggplant featured in yesterday’s WILW post was purchased here and how beautiful was the veggie?!
They had the most extensive fish counter I have seen in Memphis.
They had exotic things like the above delicacies, while also offering more ‘normal’ fish like salmon and red snapper.
They also boasted a diverse butcher shop.
My Grandmother said that these were some of the best short ribs she had ever seen. They were much more modestly priced than the ones I purchased for the TO DIE FOR Korean Short Rib Tacos earlier this year.
*Warning* This picture is probably the least appetizing photo I will ever post on my website!
Moving on to their dairy section– a massive Muenster log- yummmm!