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We got a rainy start to our first farmers market of the season, but luckily most people were not deterred. Ari certainly wasn’t. Saturday farmers markets are her favorite event of the weekend: not only does she get to try all kinds of tasty cheese and vegetable samples, but she also gets to check in with her favorite vendors. The farmers at the market really like Ari, and she really, really likes them. She has a hundred yodeling dances she performs for each one, and she knows who is most likely to drop everything to give her a belly rub or who won’t mind if she sticks her nose in their basil.
Ari also loves the market because it’s a great place to meet other dogs, and no one really cares how loudly she WOOs at them. Most Saturdays, she meets Spike, the temperamental Pomeranian who has a real soft spot in his heart for the caninaturalist. There’s also the Boston Terrier and the German Shepherd mix, who both love a good, leash-tangling greeting each weekend. And, of course, there’s Sylvie: a Pharoh-hound mix and the love of Ari’s life.
None of the other dogs made it out this Saturday—probably because of the bone chilling rain. Normally, Ari would be disappointed by this absence, but this weekend we were too busy to notice.
Our neighbor and historian, Judy Rock, has launched a new stand at the market. She sells traditional New England foods ranging from steamed brown breads and biscuits to baked beans and chowder. We’ve offered to work with her this summer, and Saturday was training day for both of us. Ari’s big training mostly involves not licking the baked goods (or reluctant customers). Mine comprised memorizing prices and recipes and how to make change while talking about potato beetles.
Neither of us had a perfect run as far as our new skills are concerned, but we did have a lot of fun—and we sold a lot of rhubarb muffins, too. We can’t wait to see what’s on the menu next week.
Yours in food,
PS-Thanks for all the kind words about our forthcoming book. And rest assured, it will not mean the end of Ari the Blog: we’ve met too many wonderful people, dogs, cats, goats, and teddy bears to stop now!!