An early morning hockey tournament took me to Beaver County on Saturday, which was so lovely, weather-wise, that it was hard to believe that it was December.
I felt even more like that when I pulled into the lot behind the Beaver County Courthouse to visit the Beaver Farmers Market. The market, open at 4th and Market streets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, from the second Saturday in May through mid-December, probably has the longest season in the region for an open-air market, and we picked a beautiful day to visit.
My family and I bought two gorgeous wreath-like heads of tatsoi greens (for $1 apiece), and other low-priced, local, late-season treasures, including broccoli, turnips, rutabagas, purple kohlrabi, and both red and yellow chard. From another of about a dozen vendors, we bought two bags of apples -- Melrose and Yellow Delicious -- for $5. And from Wood Street Bread Co., a lovely loaf of bread.
The apple vendor and Wood Street said that Dec. 1 was their last day, but Beaver County Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association's Wayne Harley (who with his wife, Elva, sells the bounty from their Oak Spring Farm) says they and other vendors will be there for two more Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15. Even if the weather is less perfect.
Beaver is such a lovely town, with its sprawling square and bustling business district. It's a perfect day trip for holiday shopping -- and eating. Look for a post later this week of the great place we tried for a post-farmers-market breakfast.
Bob Batz Jr. photos