A Market-A Musing

by Free Speech on June 24, 2009

Lodi, WI~

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Lodi, Wisconsin

Yes, a river ran through it.  Around 5pm on June 19th the market became the banks of the Lodi Running River.  Vendors sold plants, popcorn, benches, vegetables and strawberries before the heavens opened. Dads chewed on  bison sticks donated by Bednarek’s. A few of us waited out the storm.  I waded in the water to take the weather radio to the hard core vendors (3) who watched the drops flood the parking lot.  At the market we have an emergency radio to warn us of severe weather conditions.  Lyn brought us a new one last Friday.  Did she know something was in the wind?

Gail Lamberty, Market Manager for the Lodi Valley Farmer's Market in Lodi, WI

Gail Lamberty, Market Manager for the Lodi Valley Farmer's Market in Lodi, WI

This Friday is “get grilling day” at the market.  We are featuring delicious marinades to add to your vegetables and meat you just bought from the vendors.  Stop by the market table for a taste of the marinades and the recipes to go with them.

We’re making very special plans for the Independence Day market on July 3rd.  Stay tuned. Details in next week’s blog.

And the search for Larry the Leek continues.  After serious consultation with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, it was suggested “Stop waiting—do something!”  So I’m on the pursuit to find Larry (so far without calling in the FBI).  I sent an all points bulletin (market poster) to Prairie du Sac.  On Saturday I stopped to visit a market vendor there and I discovered Luciano the Leek–a distant cousin to Larry.  He didn’t have the charm of Larry’s face, but the hair was a dead give away.  No doubt they were related!! He didn’t know where Larry was, but the family newsletter (Leeks Lament) detailed Larry’s celebrity status as post boy.    However, I’m feeling my Larry lust is cooling down after this long pursuit.

On Saturday while looking for Larry and chatting with Luciano, I was introduced to “Peanut”–the most charming, beautiful pygmy goat I have ever seen.  (Be still my heart!) Peanut has promised to visit me at the Lodi market in a couple of weeks.  Charm and good looks make it a tough run for Larry to compete.  Peanut’s hair is soft and silky, while Larry’s hair looks like he just pulled his finger out of a light socket.  Peanut’s beard is so cute, you just can’t stop running your fingers through it.  Peanut’s voice is soft and sweet.  Does love at first sight last?  You’ll have to help me decide when “Peanut” comes for a visit.  Stay tuned.

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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