Winter Farmer’s Market
Last Saturday we finally made it to the Winter Farmer’s Market that is held each Saturday in the parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium. And now we wish we had been going every week! We were very surprised at how many vendors were set up and at the variety of vegetables still available. There were also quite a few vendors with other foods (fish, meat, bread, honey, jams etc.) and baked goodies that we did not see at our regular summer market in the West End. The market was busy but the parking lot turn over was quite quick so we got a spot easily. If we had not planned to go out for breakfast after and it wasn’t so cold we might have stayed and ate at one of the several food carts present as well.
Using the UrbanSpoon website (which has not led us astray so far) we picked Habit Lounge for breakfast because of its location on the way home from the market and for its Weekend Brunch menu – served until 2:30pm and featuring free range eggs, humanely raised meats and sustainable seafood. Habit is located on Main street almost at 10th and is open Monday to Friday from 5pm and at 9am on weekends. The brunch menu is quite large with some unique items such as braised beef and eggs and breakfast perogies. I was tempted to try the potato and caramelized onion perogies served with scrambled eggs, spinach and sour cream but Jeff convinced me I could make the same at home with my own home-made ones.
Instead of the perogies I ordered Biscuits & Cheese ($10). Two buttermilk biscuits were served with scrambled eggs and veggie hash with spinach, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and potatoes. The whole works was topped with jalapeño cheese sauce. The hash was really good but one of the biscuits was dry and a bit hard. The jalapeño sauce was spicy and good.
Jeff ordered the 2 Egg Breakfast ($7) with eggs over medium, maple pork sausage, sour dough toast and hash browns. The eggs were cooked well but the sausage was a bit over-done. The sour dough was a nice changed but the hash browns did not seem to be fresh or house-made but rather possibly frozen from a bag.
The decor was plain but with nice lighting and fixtures and some good booths for larger groups. Our server was very good despite the restaurant being full and our food was served quite quickly. There is a small patio that would be nice for people watching over brunch in the summertime.
Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 5 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.