Hub City Farmer’s Market

So glad today is Wednesday because that means the Hub City Farmer’s Market comes to Morgan Square downtown – right near my office.  It only lasts from noon until 2:00  – and you have to get there by like 12:45 or all the nine to fivers taking their hour-long lunch break at noon will snag the best goodies.  I got there a little early today to make sure I had first dibs.  Whoa am I glad I did because there was some goooood stuff.  First, I stopped by the Great Harvest Bread Company tent.

Great Harvest Bread Company samples....perfect lunchtime app...

They are located on Woodruff Rd. in Greenville, SC.  I looked them up online when I got back and really want to make a trip up there to tour the bakery.  I learned that they stone mill their own whole wheat flour from spring wheat every morning, use it to make the dough for their breads, and serve it fresh from scratch everyday – with no preservatives.  Wow.  I tasted a couple of samples and immediately knew I was getting 2 loaves.  One for me, and one to take to a friend in Charleston this weekend as a little “thank you” gift for hosting me.  I got the “high 5 fiber,” which has 5g of fiber per slice. 

"High 5 Fiber" - Fresh Ground 100% Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Honey, Flax Seeds, Millet, Oat Bran, Sunflower Seeds, Wheat Bran, Yeast, Salt, Egg Wash

I am seriously going back every Wednesday.  I can’t get over how good whole wheat fresh bread is…I don’t think I’ve ever had bread that fresh and perfect before.  It is 100x better than the bread I’m used to…nature’s own has been replaced.  Oh, and he told me that you aren’t supposed to store bread in the fridge, but in that plastic bag you see in the pic.  And you can’t put it in that until it’s completely cooled – 2 hrs after purchasing.  It stays fresh for 7-10 days and to reheat you can either stick it in the oven on 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or toast it.  He recommended toasting it and putting peanut butter on it.  Um, you know how much I love nut-butters so you better believe that’s going to be on the menu in the near future…

Then I sampled this puppy – the “blueberry cream cheese swirl” – and knew I had to share it with friends.  Voila!  The perfect thank you gift on a budget.

oh my perfect sweetness...

He mentioned that it made really good french toast…Saturday morning breakfast?  Yes, please.  Looks like I’ll be eating my “thank you for hosting me” gift again

I also picked up a few veggies.  I didn’t want to get too many because I’m leaving Thursday after work for Charleston, but I could have…everything looked so fresh and amazing at each tent.  I had a hard time settling, but ended up going to this one:

I didn't get the name of the farm, but those tomatoes looked perfect.

Picked up an eggplant,

gorgeous eggplant...perfect with such a rich deep purple color

a tomato,

fresh tomato from Hub City Farmer's Market

and 2 small cucumbers.

I made a smoked gouda sandwich with my new bread and tomato when I got home from work today.

High 5 Fiber bread, smoked gouda, fresh local tomato

I broiled the sandwich in the oven on high for 4 minutes, 2 minutes on each side.

"grilled" cheese with tomato

I didn’t even need to use any condiments because it was so good.  The tomato was super juicy and the cheese added a fabulous smokey flavor to go along with the perfectly toasted bread.  I added some fresh cracked pepper before I devoured my version of an amazing grilled cheese sandwich. 

Successful trip to the Hub City Farmer’s Wednesday Market!