July 21, 2008

A Day at the Market...

A few weekends ago JJ and I decided to take a trip down to Findlay Market to pick up some fresh goodies. If you're not familiar with Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine, it is Cincinnati's oldest public market and is named after General James Findlay, a veteran of the War of 1812 and also a former mayor of Cincinnati.
The open air market opened in the 1850's and has undergone may transformations over the years. The market was enclosed in 1902 so that refrigeration could be added, and in 1972 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After extensive renovations in the mid 1970's and more recently 2002-2004, Findlay Market now offers a wide variety of fresh produce, arts and crafts, and meats and cheeses, most of which are locally grown in the area.

One of our favorite vendors at the Market is the family owned and operated Kroeger & Sons Meats. It's been around since 1972 and offers 40 different varieties of fresh pork and chicken sausages. They have this great sign hanging up, which is sure to get your attention!
The day we were there, we decided to pick up a few classics in the sausage department. Mild Italian, Vidalia Onion, and Chicken BBQ. All of which cooked up perfectly on the grill and tasted mighty delicious. We boiled then in beer for about 10 minutes and then grilled then on medium to medium low heat....also sauteed up some peppers and onions we picked up at the produce tent...yummm...tasty, makes my mouth water just writing about it!! (My favorite is the Vidalia Onion, which is a mild sausage with parmesan cheese and chunks of onion.)
Here's a photo of the sausage counter..talk about lots of choices!
If you're living in Cincinnati, I hope you'll stop by Findlay Market sometime soon to check out all the great food and support the local vendors in our area. If you an out of town reader, maybe next time you're in the 'Nati you'll want to visit this historic Cincinnati landmark.

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