A Market – A Musing

by Free Speech on July 14, 2009

Lodi, WI~

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Goldie The Chickens visits Lodi Valley Farmers Market

Goldie The Chicken visits Lodi Valley Farmers Market

Lodi, WI Wisconsin

By Gail Lamberty

Last Friday’s Lodi Valley Farmers’ Market was your chance to “Talk to the Animals.”  In conjunction with the Lodi Fair, we thought we might have some critters join us for the afternoon. Many folks stopped by the market table to chat with Two Toes, Flap Jack, Goldie and Peanut.  The chickens and the pygmy goat at the market stole the hearts of big and little kids alike.

Two Toes, Flap Jack and Goldie are 8 week old chicks with glorious plumage.  The “chicken whisperer” was there to reassure them there were there to be admired for their beauty.  The chicks seemed to like the pretzels almost as much as Will and Tyler their handlers for the day.  Pam, our master gardener, raided her own chicken coop to give them a day at the market. Many thanks, Pam,  to you and your grandsons.

Peanut came marching across the parking lot with a straw hat on her head almost as pretty as mine.  Was she trying to match me?  Peanut is an 8 week old pygmy goat who took over the market for a day.  Her “bah, bah” didn’t scare the chickens.  As a mater of fact they became friends. 

To make sure Peanut was comfortable, Jackie, Peanut’s taxi driver, brought along the regular chair that Peanut sits in at home.  (Talk about being spoiled)    Alison Seaton , a regular at the market table, stopped by to look at the chicks and talk to Pam about her garden.  She sat in Peanut’s seat for a while.  Peanut patiently watched her, but the minute Alison got out of “her” chair, Peanut claimed back her own territory. 

I didn’t know there were so many goat admirers in the area.  A couple of folks who had goats stopped by to tell goat stories, funny and cute and outrageous.  I didn’t know there was a breed of goats called “fainting goats.”  The things you learn at the Lodi market will amaze you beyond your expectations

Great plans for this Friday at the market.  In addition to the freshest and best produce you can find, Pam your master gardener, will do a rain barrel demonstration.  I’ve asked her to hold off on a rain storm until after the market closes.  She will ‘tell you all about it” and then at the end of the day, we will have a drawing for someone to take the(empty) rain barrel home with them.  No charge to enter in the drawing.

Forget Larry the Leak.  So many of his cousins have been showing up the last two weeks.  Lyle, Lynn, Luke, Lisa  Lloyd, Lou, and Loren were all there on Friday  to say hi.  When I asked about Larry, they told me he was at the fair and would stop by later.  Hmm how much later they didn’t say.   I’m  still waiting and waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting for Larry to arrive. 

The Lodi Valley Farmer’s Market is held on Friday afternoons from 2 – 6 May through October at the Northern Edge Restaurant, located at N1430 Highway 113, Lodi, WI.



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