Farmers’ Market here in the Chicago-area starts after the Memorial holiday. And today, my friend Ginger and I drove to the Mt. Prospect one. Here‘s an entry to our first trip there.
It rained hard before I left the house but stopped and cleared by ten. Anyway we planned that if it rains or if the market has not started yet, we would have coffee at the bakery where they sell our favorite cinnamon roll. However the market in Oakton in Skokie has not started yet so Ginger drove to Mt. Prospect instead.
I guess it is still too early for produce so the number of booths were scarce. There were several stalls for strawberries and they smelled of the ripe fruit – sweet! They were tiny and more expensive than the huge ones they sell at the groceries but whatever it lacked, made it up by its freshness and superior flavor.
Our favorite bakery does not have a stand there but I found the French nuns who bake pastries to feed the Chicago homeless. In the past we’ve bought their apple tart whenever we see these roving nuns and they are really excellent but am watching my sugar. Had the French macarons instead. They are not Laduree, Arnaud or Pierre Herme but okay, I satisfied my craving.
Then we had lunch at Naf Naf – a Middle Eastern fast food. I ordered a chicken and steak swarma combo in a bowl with rice and Ginger had falafel. It was tasty, healthy and well-balanced.
Macarons for dessert.
We ended the day with tea at her house and more visits. I wanted also to see her cat Midnight but she’s been shy.
The rain stopped eventually although it threatened with the dark clouds and a radio warning for thurderstorm and twisters in Northern/Eastern Indiana.
I only made a quick stop at my sister’s then hurried home as I didn’t want to be caught in the storm.