Many of the winter visitors to Scottsdale have headed home as witnessed by the thinning crowds on the streets of Old Town. With that said, there was still a huge turnout for the weekly Saturday morning Downtown Scottsdale Farmers’ Market. On this visit, I noted more booths with tantalizing foods for tasting or lunch as well as a larger variety of baked goods.
As we strolled through the market we had several opportunities to stop and chat with the vendors. I enjoy doing this, as I always learn something new. For instance, a local honey maker showed us an article on the demise of honey bees due to a pesticide being used on corn that was developed in Europe. He commented that one of the local growers had lost his entire colony of honey-producing bees due to the pesticide. He’s promised to give me a full tutorial on my next visit down with photos and articles to describe what is going on.
There was also a new booth filled with small containers of succulent plants and cacti. Susan Tyrrel doesn’t have a store and sells her plants out of her home and at Farmers’ Markets. I thought you’d enjoy seeing some of the smaller plants in full bloom. They are great to put on a small table, or transplant into your garden where they will add a little color at this time of the year.
You can’t go to the Farmers Market without a stroll through the courtyard of Bischoff’s Shades of the West located across the street. Their gardens are lush and shaded and I couldn’t resist sharing photos of some of their wonderful sculptures. We finished off with a quick tour of the Old Scottsdale Schoolhouse and headed home. Another great day!