20 August 2011

Late August Farmers' Market in Billings MT


I wanted to get your attention on a lazy Saturday in somewhat late August in the Year of our Lord 2011. Everybody else is making fun of the President so I thought I would pass along some of the funnier ones I've come across.

Now then, my wife Carol and I went to downtown Billings this morning to look for some fresh corn on the cob and maybe a few other things as well. We found some beautiful corn, sweet and tender enough to eat right off the cob without cooking. We did manage to take it home and cooked it for a few minutes. Very succulent.


On the way there we passed the new Stockman's Bank Building on the corner of Broadway and 4th Ave. They are moving along as you can see to the left. The rehabilitation of the Babcock Bldg seems to be moving along as well, at least on the outside. The arcade is starting to look like it did when the the building was first built. I'm not sure what the interior on the upper floors looks like. New commercial enterprises seem to be moving in on the ground floor. The corner with the nice coffee shop now seems functional. All in all, our downtown is looking pretty good. Standing under the big sail at 2nd and Broadway I realized what a good sunscreen it is.

Our favorite piano accordion player was occupying his usual front and center position and playing his heart out. The mobile restaurants of the Asian persuasion have made a comeback. Their egg rolls are as good as ever, especially Khanthaly's. I saw a new Mexican place today but didn't have time to sample their wares. More on this later.

A number of stalls had fresh corn on the cob. We enjoyed talking to the first vendor we encountered so we bought a half-dozen cobs for $3 or 12 for $5.

The balloon man seems to have made quite a chapeau for himself.



The Special K Ranch tomatoes looked a little pale and not as healthy as usual but we bought a few anyway. They were actually fairly good when we got them home. We didn't see any other places that had tomatoes. Maybe we got there too late. The Hutterite colonies must have giant gardens as there tables were groaning from all the produce they produced. They don't seem to haggle as much as they used to, maybe we got there too early. The home-made pies tasted as good as they always do. We found some nice bratwurst sausages. Let you know how they taste the next time I am outside grilling.


Wow, would you look at those melons. And they tasted as good as they looked we found out later in the afternoon when we tried them with some ice cream. And who was that blonde checking out the melons.














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