A list (by no means comprehensive) of things you should never have to buy at the Farmers’ Market during the summer if you live in Saskatchewan:
- sour cherries
- saskatoon berries
All of these things grow like weeds here during the summer. Dill actually IS a weed; walk down any back alley, and you’ll find some. Same with raspberries and rhubarb; they abound in back alleys. If anyone comes to my house in August, they are given a zucchini (usually the size of a baseball bat) and a bunch of beets; in fact, you aren’t allowed to leave my house without some. Saskatoon berries are everywhere – how do you think the city got its name? Crabapples fall off the trees and rot on the street. Don’t even get me started about the sour cherries. Plums can be a bit harder to come across, but usually somebody knows somebody who has a tree in their backyard that is just lousy with fruit.
So it simply kills me to see someone pay good money for a little plastic baggie of dill or a teeny tiny “organic” zucchini at the Farmers’ Market.
I think – do you have no friends? Have you never walked down a back alley? Are you new to the city? ‘Cause let me show you around. There is a veritable feast for free just waiting to be picked.