Sunday, February 24, 2013

Where's Eldo?

Sarasota, FL      High:   80   Low:   61

He's at the Sarasota Farmer's Market... Can you spot him?
Good job! Too easy, right? We'll have to try that again sometime in a bigger crowd.  :-)

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Sarasota Farmer's Market.  Always terrific produce....These turnips were bigger than softballs!

Great music....
Eldy says that the three guys in the back are playing flugelhorns. He LOVES to look at musical instruments to see if maybe they came from his company that he worked for and made horns for so many musicians over the years. The middle flugelhorn is copper plated. It was beautiful!

A bazillion flavors of POPSICLES if you get too hot and thirsty...Strawberry balsamic basil? Ew-w-w.

The setting where the Farmer's Market (off Lemon Street) is located is wonderful...

Everything from beautiful flowers....
to focaccia for sale....

Great arts and crafts to look at, and more.. Here's the "more". This guy was a former educator. He was doing the marionette thing and the elephant was playing the piano...What retired teachers will do for money....Hm-m-m-m....That gives me an idea... (uh-oh! worries E.)

Tons of organic fruits, vegetables and meats...We stopped to talk to a farmer from Green Pasture Natural Meats. Sparky, being a big red meat eater, knows she is in trouble if she doesn't start thinking organic or cutting way back on the beef. But she was intrigued by this farmer's booth. We talked a bit. He's written a couple of books, and told us a little bit about "wet aging" meat. Sparky is thinking he is Tim Brown (?), of Green Pasture Natural Meats here in Sarasota.. He was sponsoring sales of organic beef from the Beulah Farms in Leicester, N.C. He passed out an article that talked about the benefits of grass fed beef vs. grain fed beef. Beulah Farms uses no harmful chemicals, pesticides or hormones and produces superior meat products. He had Sparky talked into buying a steak right here and now! (She knows, she knows...shouldn't be buying red meat at all! chides E.) But he'll eat it right along with me, laughs Sparky. But we had some other plans and weren't headed back home so we're going to head back next week and get some beef.

You never know what you are going to see and learn at a Farmer's Market...If you didn't go this past Saturday, then you missed getting information from these beautiful "ladies" about the Drag Queen Trolley Follies.
Every other Saturday, starting March 2, for 21.00 a person, you can ride a 90 minute trolley ride with Eartha Quake and Velvet DiSaronno and be entertained with jokes, songs and trivia. You can bring your own cooler with your favorite beverage and have a great ole time! Sparky is going to try and get Eldy to go, but if he won't, she'll get a gal pal to go.....He's still thinking about it.....

The Farmer's Market is great for people watching, too! A study in contrasts....

The creativity of some people is amazing! How about these toothless sharks made entirely from palm trees?

Or how about these young kids that formed a band called the "Garbage Men"? Check out their instruments...They actually sounded very good-- For young guys playing cereal boxes, trash cans and push popper toys!

Sarasota Farmer's Market has something for everyone! Check it out.......Every Saturday from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM....Maybe we'll see you there!


  1. Awesome day Sparky and Eldy! I cant believe Eldy will pass up the trolley ride with Eartha Quake! Thats quite a selection of popsicles...I agree...ew-w-w!

    Have a great week!


  2. I was there ..... To bad we didn't cross paths ..... Maybe next time...... I'll be watching for you two ....

  3. My kind of place! Especially like the "people watching" part. What fun!

  4. Love Farmer's Markets everywhere , thanks for the tour.

  5. Boy that is a nice looking farmer's market. The Garbage Men....great name!!

  6. I don't recall ever seeing drag queens at a farmer's market before. ;)

  7. You guys find the most interesting places! Yum, Mexican chocolate popsicle :)

  8. Great sampling of the fabulous Sarasota Farmer's Market. If you are going to eat beef, grass-fed is the way to go--it's better for the planet, it's leaner, and has twice the Omega 3s as corn-fed beef. Publix is even starting to carry it here in Florida, so it's not as hard to get as it once was. Here is a link to a NY Times article that goes into more detail about its value.