#WednesdayWalk - A Pickleman trip to the Market

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It is #wednesdaywalk time again. For others, it is a way to follow the lead of @tattoodjay, get active and share some pics of your forray outside. For me, it is a way of showing you a little more of my small town and tell a story while getting more steps on my actifit app.


Today, I am cruising the farmers market in search of variety, and some freshly cut dill so that I can make some Pickleman Pickles.


The city square was redone a couple years ago from what was a scuzzy parking lot into an area where people can lounge, visit and gather for events like the farmers market. With the town being surrounded on every side by farms, there is some great stuff.


It seems a little late to be happening but I am liking the bike movement in town. When I first moved here, the only people you would see on bikes were townies with no shirts and cigarettes. Such a shame as everything is at most a 20 minute bike ride and any community could be more active and environmentally conscious using a bike.

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The city has also purchased a Hydration Station. It filters and chills the local water so that you can fill up a water bottle for free. Great to keep everyone hydrated and reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles being purchased and tossed.


Quite a few people milling about, visiting and supporting the local farmers and small businesses. Perfect day for it too.


September means it is a little cooler as the summer winds down. Still lots of nice flowers and gardens around to make it nice to look at.


AHA! Fresh garlic and freshly cut dill for my pickling endeavour. A couple bucks here and a couple bucks there makes it a successful trip.


With the helpful tips from @sequentialvibe, I am a real Pickleman now! https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/recipe/lacto-fermentation-recipes/lacto-fermented-kosher-dill-pickles/ The 2 big jars are garlic/dill pickles (one with nasturtium flowers for colour and spice.) The medium one is the same with 3 hot chili peppers in there to see how much heat leaches out (and how the pickled chilies mellow/taste.) The small one is sliced and pickled jalapeno peppers! Man once you start pickling, you can't stop!!


After Market Look


I took a walk after the market was wrapped up and here is what the square looks. I had a business meeting there with coffee mugs brought from one of the cafes in the background. Such a neat spot in the middle of the community.


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What a cool pano shot of the square, and is great to se emore people biking both good for the syclist and the plant

Have never seen a hydration station like that I think more places should have them

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :)

26.09.2019 00:04

Yah man! Happy to be on board and follow your lead.

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26.09.2019 00:45

Cheers 👍🙂👍Posted with

26.09.2019 01:05

Great post, sir. Resteemed.

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26.09.2019 00:10

Much appreciated. From one entrepreneur to another!

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26.09.2019 00:47

Love those photos. Thanks for sharing this with us and have a great day ahead!

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26.09.2019 00:17

Wouldn’t be as fun without friends like you taking time to walk along. Everyone needs to walk and post!

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26.09.2019 00:46

That's a really nice square. Are the townies still around or has gentrification forced them further away?

26.09.2019 00:51

Yah Man.

The townies will always be a part of this town. There has been a movement towards gentrification but there will ALWAYS be townies here. If it wasn't so mean, I should snap some shots and do a post on them. ;)

26.09.2019 00:54

There is always that one neighborhood and those few apartments where you cannot gentrify.
A few years ago I took a friend to Canada with me who had never been out of east Asia before. One day she saw geese at one end of a parking lot and the look on her face was priceless and almost unforgettable. She thought you only find those things in zoos or maybe a large park. Fear and excitement. We still laugh about it.
A couple days later she noticed townies for the first time. Her reaction was much better. I had to stop her from taking pictures and staring. Previously I explained that characterizations on TV are just that, but I forgot about them.

26.09.2019 01:46

Hahaha yah.

Every country has its rednecks!

Every town has its townies. Not that I am any better.

26.09.2019 04:11

That looks like one helluva nice market square! Brilliant! What is the big regal looking building with the clock tower? City hall?

I happen to like bicycling too. I try to get out several times a week. I've considered buying a trailer for it so I could ride to the grocery store, but the farthest along that plan I"ve gotten is some bags that can be attached.

26.09.2019 01:16

Thats a good start which is the most important step!

The big building is city hall. Quite old by North American standards and even has the auditorium converted into an art-house cinema too.

26.09.2019 14:16

On the Hydration Station sign I see the word "Stratford." I remember on the Newhart show, they ran an inn called the Stratford Inn, in Rhode Island or one of those northeastern states I believe. Is there any relation between the Stratford on the sign and the inn in the Newhart show?

26.09.2019 07:45

No relation there. I remember the Bob Newhart show. Classic comedy that influenced all sitcoms.

Stratford here is named after a place in europe which is the case with so many places across Canada.

26.09.2019 13:53

Nothing like a good farmer's market to buy the produce one needs, and in so doing, you're supporting local businesses.
We grow most of our produce, but we have yet to try making pickles. The ones you made look fabulous. We may have to try making some ourselves next year.
I did go to our local farmer's market about a week ago, just to look around. When I ran into this head of cauliflower, I just had to buy one, how can you go wrong for just $2.00.

26.09.2019 11:53

Wow nice head!!

It is amazing how infrequently I go to the farmers market. I should definitely practice what I preach and support local small businesses more in this way.

This is my first go at pickling which is pretty strange given my handle I suppose. Easy and fun. The hot sauce @sequentialvibe helped me make is so damn good too. He should be the Pickleman (or lactofermentationguy)

26.09.2019 13:51

Looks like a beautiful day to be out and about in the market. The question is... was there Drum & Bass music blaring out to create some real ambience?

27.09.2019 20:24

Disappointingly low amount of DnB. Needs more Havey!

27.09.2019 20:44

Hey @zekepickleman

I love the Hydration Station! Cutting out single use plastic is crucial. Brilliant initiative by the local authority.

The pickles with the chilli sound interesting. I like the sound of a pickle with a kick.


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28.09.2019 10:45

You know it! I jammed them so full of garlic and dill and salt they are zinging with almost too much flavour. The chilli pickles are so damn awesome. Not overly hot but leave your mouth humming with a bit of warmth after the taste subsides.

I should do a post on that sharing the simple recipe so others can make themselves some Pickleman’s Zingers!

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28.09.2019 14:58

That's a great idea. I'm sure that they would be popular. Really catchy name too. 😁

29.09.2019 06:51