Saturday morning is often about hot footing
it down to the Organic Farmer’s Market in the garden of Purdy Arms in Karen.
The market itself has mushroomed and sells not just a huge range of veg but
meat, local crafts, breads, cakes, teas, handmade soaps, clothes, kikoys etc.
I try to whip around in record time but end
up browsing. My staple shopping list will be:
Broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, a butternut
squash, spinach, potatoes (I love the tiny new potatoes), fresh eggs, carrots,
a baguette, gouda, some Dutch stroopwafels (syrup biscuits).
And then the serious browsing begins. More
often than not I veer wildly from my original list with some iced cinnamon
buns, homemade ice cream, chilly pastes, spices and sauces, german sausage,
pretzels, some walnut baklava, a pair of brass earrings, a horn bracelet, a
basket, a beaded belt (the latter of which I convince myself are gifts for
family members but I end up keeping these pretty things myself).
Remember: Bring lots of cash or arrive armed
with MPesa. This kind of shopping is dangerous as you end up spending more than
you planned! I am generally down to my last shillings when I leave. Thank
goodness parking is free!
The vendor suggested drinking hibiscus tea with fresh ginger and lemon