Hot, still, and hazy, this was the quintessential August day. My day off plus perfect weather made it a two market day. I went to City Hall for the first time this year. The immediate thing that hit me was what an international market this one is. Not in terms of sellers but in terms of shoppers--a multitude of colors and languages. By comparison, the produce offered is much more conventional with fewer heirloom fruits and vegetables,more red tomatoes, not so many green, brown or yellow.Two favorites from other markets--Andrews Scenic Acres and Thames Valley Melons--are here. The Andrews have added corn and stone fruits to their usual amazing selection of soft fruits. I picked up black currants, now well on their way to becoming sorbet. The prize at Thames River was charentais melon.
Fortunately, the peaches, potatoes--rose gold and bintjes-, and beets made up for the disappointment. The money I didn't spend on bacon was invested in Chabichou's house butter. Excellent with Thames River's Gourmet Sweet corn and a sprinkle of Maldon salt.