Plenty more to feel positive about this Monday, too.
MADEIRA FARMERS MARKETNew this summer, Madeira's is a welcome addition to the Cincinnati farmers market scene. I stopped by last Thursday to source some of the ingredients for our picnic, including the gorgeous strawberries at the top of this post, plus garlic scapes, a rye from Shadeau Breads, and some prime salad greens.
here and here - this market is well worth checking out.
ANDOUILLE - ANOTHER RESTAURANT GROWING ITS OWN!Located in an old roadhouse a couple miles east of New Richmond and with a delightful outdoor seating area where you can eat, drink, and admire the Ohio River views, Anna Ree's Andouille is a gem of a family-owned restaurant, featuring New Orleans-style food and more, including enormous frog legs, gigantic fried oysters, a crispy flatbread topped with crawfish, steaks, burgers, and inventive specials. They also offer live music on the weekends - outside when the weather is conducive. They had a very successful music festival Memorial Day weekend, Lagniappe has more upcoming gigs, and Vince Gill was a near-miss awhile back - you just never know . . . Although you can count them to keep you up to date on their facebook page.
They've turned a portion of the huge lawn that leads from the restaurant to the riverbank into their own garden. Can't wait for their tomatoes to be ready, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed their zucchini blossoms will make into a special sometime soon.
EGGY GETS A GIFT!Upon return from my weekend gallivanting, I found something truly special in my mailbox.
GardeningUnderTheFloridaSun, asking what the heck it was, she informed me it was speckled trout lettuce, and offered to send me some of her extra seeds.
Wishing a happy Monday to all, especially my new friends in the blogosphere!