The Concord Farmers Market was a beautiful experience today. There were crowds of shoppers meandering along the sidewalks surrounding Todos Santos Park; people scattered across the lawns enjoying picnics and the sunshine that has returned again this week.
The sweet scent of strawberries drifted through the air mingling with the aroma of fresh caramel corn that always fills the air on Tuesdays at the park. Orchids and cauliflower lined the stalls alongside the organic almonds, beets and baked goods.
Tullie’s Foods offered some new fare: mac and cheese cupcakes or lasagna cupcakes were available from their booth today. Hummus Heaven was drizzling pita chips with free samples. Further along there were fresh brown and white eggs from one vendor and asparagus covered the table of another. Cups of cherries, ready to enjoy, were priced at $6.00 a cup.
There was a booth for face painting and an artist doing caricatures on the corner of Salvio and Grant Streets where a young guitarist was performing original tunes.
But for me the highlight is lunch. I love the food that is served at the park, partly because it’s outside, I suppose, but primarily because it’s delicious and there’s such a variety. I return for Tamales frequently: the Tamale plate comes with rice, beans (covered with cheese) a chicken, beef or pork Tamale and a green salad for $5.00, or two Tamales for $7.00. There’s also Wood Fired Pizza, Gyros, Crepes and Zombies. That’s just one end of the food booths!
For a more personal experience, drop by any Tuesday. They’re open from 10am to 2 pm year round and there’s plenty of free parking. See you there!