This past Saturday we held our annual pre-show Opera in the Park party (watch for posts about frugal entertainment later in the week). That meant I spent the day preparing for the 50 to 70 guests who had said they would stop bye. My regular farmers' market trip was not a good fit; I could buy, but I'd have no space to store until I had the time to freeze. Instead, I took the children to the Sunday morning market in Monona.
It was a perfect fit. My husband spent the morning doing the work he would have normally done on Saturday (his schedule was also altered for the party), so I had a few hours to kill with the children. The market is small, but plentiful. And it is located immediately next to a small park. Fresh veggies, then swings, a perfect way to start the day.
My purchases were small. I got a whole chicken, which will be transformed into several meals throughout the week. Sweet corn was too good to pass up; 4 ears for $2. Making for a simple dinner Sunday evening. It was paired with party leftovers. Three zucchini were purchased for a $1 and are still waiting to be grated and froze, to repair this winter in the form of bread.
Simple, fresh, relaxed, local -- and the highlight of the adventure were the two sandhill cranes that danced and pecked a few hundred feet from the play structure.