*insert jaunty Parks & Recreation themetune*
I present to you today, a haul! This morning one of our local parks held a farmers’ market, apple-themed to herald the season. My boyfriend’s parents were visiting for the weekend, and we suggested having them meet my own parents there. It would be dog-friendly which was super, as we had a slightly rain-mottled and therefore slightly grumpy pug in tow, and it was definitely us-friendly, as we do love our food. Throw a casual supporting of local traders and homemade produce in the mix and it turned out to be perfect. It was an adorable set-up of hot food stalls, fresh produce, an apple-press inviting marketgoers to make their own apple juice, live music, and a little craft section. My Dad was very excited as I’m pretty sure he procured his entire weekly shop from said stalls, and we didn’t fare too badly either – this is what we bought.
NB: The apples are admittedly decorative and purchased from Aldi the day before – apples were surprisingly scarce at the market! But everything else, most of which we sampled from the adorable vendors, is entirely authentic.
So what do we have? A couple of pork pies, two bottles of apple cider (one raspberry/one toffee), goat’s cheese and a block of Derby sage cheddar (I’m thinking of making tartlets with these cheese, possibly with some red onion chutney), some ginger & apple cake (divine!), a mixture of vanilla/orange and cappuccino fudge, and finally a selection of shortbread: white chocolate & vanilla, apple & cinnamon and salted caramel.
That’s an autumnal picnic right there. Which I have pretty much assembled, as for photographing purposes I hastily threw a picnic blanket onto our living room rug. Instant inside-picnic, with a kettle on standby and a pile of chunky knits. I am a summer person, despite my sunkiss-resistant skin it is definitely my favoured season, however you can’t help but warm to the cosiness of autumn. Especially when the cosiness is so delightfully edible. We’ve had the cutest day, chill-filled and rain-filled and not-so-much-apple-filled.