|The City Market is an old Indianapolis tradition|
One of my favorite Saturday morning activities year round is driving 45 minutes south to Indianapolis and visit several stops where I can buy food and wine items I just can't get in a town of 16,000 where I live.
|The farmers market delivers fresh produce in winter!|
The winter market draws a huge crowd. I worked my way around the market then doubled back to buy some goodies. I picked up some very flavorful pastas at Your Family's Pasta stand. I've found many flavored pastas I've bought in the past not very flavored. I had a bite of some of the pasta at the Rubenstein's stand and the flavors popped.
|The lemon/pepper pasta rocked.|
One of the more interesting and fun stops was with a young man behind the Smoking Goose table. The smoke and cure meats from Indiana farms with an eye toward handcrafting their products. I bought a Duck, Pear, Port Sausage. Really! I can't wait to try it.
I bought some fresh greens for a salad and was then off for other stops.
|Buttercream icing to die for!|
Just an interesting side note. I asked the two nice ladies how a tiny little business in the downtown area prepares for the Feb. 5 Super Bowl? They've already had one order placed for 5,000 snickerdoodles! Wow!
I had lunch and a glass of wine at old friend Jill Ditmire's Mass Ave. Wine Shop. Then I picked up a friend and we drove to the far northside to Vine and Table - a gourmet grocery and wonderful wine shop. V&T has one of the best gourmet cheese selections I've seen in Indiana. I bought a bottle of Loire Valley Rose' over on the wine side.
The next stop was at Ashley Lockwood's Cork and Cracker. I mainly stopped in just to say hello but anyone reading this knows how that works! I left with three bottles of wine.
We stopped at Fresh Market to pick up some grocery items to wrap up our day. A stop I didn't make Saturday but is normally part of my routine is just down the street from Fresh Market. I frequently buy pasta at Nicole Taylor's Pasta and Market.
One of the most frequently asked questions on this blog and my newspaper column is where I buy my wine. I have about four shops I visit frequently but the two above are certainly great ones for value wines in the Indy area.
Additionaly, I hope this serves to motivate you to get out and support small businesses like these during these slow winter months!
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