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31 Days of Louisville Love: Bardstown Road Farmers' Market

Louisville has a number of farmers’ markets, but there are only two within reasonable walking distance of our apartment. Since the Bardstown Road Farmers’ Market is closer, it became our default. Every few Saturdays, we’ll walk up Bardstown, walk through the bank’s drive-thru for cash, and see what fresh produce and treats we can buy.

 Peaches and wit at the farmers' market

Peaches and wit at the farmers' market

 Flowers from the market

Flowers from the market

I would be lying if I said I was drawn to the market for the fresh produce. The highlights for me are the Harvest omelette stand and the Perennial Favorites Flower Farm. We get produce, too, but I really just want the flowers. They sell bouquets, but I prefer picking through the buckets of individual flowers. I can make a small bouquet for usually less than $5 (or for $1.40) and divide it into vases throughout the apartment. 

And then there are the omelettes. Those farmers’ market Harvest omelettes are so tasty. I don’t even know what’s in them besides catfish and cheese, but the vegetables are crunchy, the cheese is melty, and it all comes on a crusty piece of bread — so good. Plus, they have a very spicy hot sauce, which I underestimated last time.When you get the right amount, it’s perfect, but I slathered it all over my omelette and ruined breakfast. Take care with that hot sauce.

 More farmers' market flowers

More farmers' market flowers

Because we’re not early-risers, sometimes we get to the market after the omelettes are gone. Part of the pleasure of farmers’ market Saturdays is the walk. We wave at the guys in Parkside Bikes, and sometimes pop in to ogle those lovely Linus bikes. Whether or not there are omelettes, we usually stop by Java for an ice coffee or crepe (on the non-omelette days) on the way home. Maybe it’s so hot we need to stop by Cumberland for a beer. A walk, flowers, and produce are just a good way to start the weekend.