Michelle Ryan

Fall is in the air…
Fall is in the air…

The temperatures may have been slightly above average lately, but it sure does look like Fall has arrived at the Urbana Market at the Square. Asparagus has given way to squash of every shape and size (see pic above!), and mum is most DEFINITELY the word!

mums

Gorgeous! There were plants and fresh-cut flowers of all kinds available last Saturday, with colors definitely leaning toward autumn. The arts and crafts are “fall-inspired”, too, as my weekly Market Mail said today – “up-cycled clothing, home decor, clothes for dolls, jewelry, woodworking, blown glass, and more.” Who doesn’t love a sock monkey?

sock monkeys

I was super excited to buy a little jar of raw honey, which I confess I’ve never tried before. I read yesterday that it’s the closest thing to actually harvesting from a hive in your backyard. I haven’t tried it yet as I’m trying to finish a delicious bottle from Avery Farms that I purchased earlier this summer, but I swear that there is NO COMPARISON between fresh Market honey and the stuff you buy at a grocery store. I really loved my Market honeycomb, too – it melts on a hot piece of toasted fresh bread!

My other purchases:

  • red potatoes
  • green, red, and purple peppers
  • honeycrisp apples
  • lemongrass/lime coconut oil soap
  • beets
  • kale
  • butternut squash
  • oatmeal bread

While I happily bought the AMAZING oatmeal bread from Homestead Bakery, THIS is what I was coveting…

pecan rolls

Maybe one of these days I’ll treat myself to this or one of the many yummy treats available at the Market – pies, croissants, danish, roasted almonds, soup mixes, muffins…and I haven’t even mentioned the food trucks yet!!

THIS SATURDAY, don’t miss Art at the Market! This month’s free activity is “Re-Use, Re-Purpose, and Re-Create with The I.D.E.A. store” from 8-noon. From 9:30 – 11:30, enjoy a special performance by the Michael Fenoglio Trio – a mix of jazz standards and original compositions/arrangements. 

Even though fall is here, there are still MANY vendors at the Market, with everything from grass fed beef to ground cherries, gelato to garlic, and sunflowers to sweetcorn. The Market is open every Saturday through November 2nd from 7-noon. Hope to see you this weekend!

guitars 2

Guitars (with amps) made from cigar boxes – how cool is THAT?!?

About Michelle

FAVE MIX ARTISTS: Adele, P!nk, The Killers
FAVE MOVIE: When Harry Met Sally
FAVE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: Black Dog, Mas Amigos
FAVE LOCAL BARS: Boltini, Tumble Inn
CURRENTLY READING: Nightmares and Dreamscapes
PET PEEVE: People who feel sorry for themselves
I GET TEASED FOR: excessive ironing, being too frugal
ON MY BUCKET LIST: ziplining, going to Europe, whitewater rafting, running a 10k, getting a tattoo (maybe…)
WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M: playing sports or working out at Refinery, doing stuff around my house, or reading
MY WORDS TO LIVE BY: Carpe Diem