This weekend, The Boy and I decided to make our way downtown to check out the historic Findlay Market. We have lived in Cincinnati for six years, and this was our first time making our way to the market, and I could tell as soon as we walked in that it was not going to be our last trip over there.
Upon first walking in, the first thing I noticed was the food - lots of it. The market was full of vendors selling all sorts of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, honeys, and baked goods. I was in heaven. Growing up in Southeastern Ohio, I am a little spoiled when it comes to local markets, and the Findlay Market exceeded all of my expectations.
My most exciting purchase was local honey, something I have been longing for a lot lately. I love the complexity of flavors found in a good, local, raw honey, and wildflower honey is one of my favorites. I eagerly snatched up a pint of the local stuff, along with a massive piece of double-chocolate bread pudding loaf.
Of course, in the rain and cold, The Boy and I were drawn along the shops surrounding the central market, into a small, cosy shop selling hundreds of varieties of loose-leaf teas.
We spent at least twenty minutes in the shop, called Churchill's, sniffing numerous varieties of black, green, and white tea. We sampled two different flavors before deciding to buy a tin full of a delicious green tea, richly scented with rose and raspberry. The tea was light, sweet, and refreshing, and we are already enjoying it nightly as part of our evening routine.
Of course, like all good things, our time at the market had to come to an end. When the rain fell steadily and we had purchased all we could for the day, we started to make our way home. We already cannot wait to go back for more tea, and we are eager for summertime to make its way here so we can check out all of the local produce for sale at the farmer's market.
It was a fabulous time and a fun adventure. If you are looking for something different to try in Cincinnati, you should check out Findlay Market. I guarantee you'll find something: from gelato to pastries, coffees, teas, sandwiches, and fresh local groceries, there is something for everyone there.
What did you get into this weekend?