Winter's Farmers Market


Naturally occuring white, brown and pale green farm-fresh eggs

Alex, Marcy, David and I went to check out the Hillsdale Farmers Market yesterday, only 20 minutes away. It runs all year, and twice a month in winter. Despite the weather, there was a good selection of in-season produce and other local goods. We picked up a colorful assortment of organic free-range eggs, leeks, rainbow chard, pear cider, and a bag of nettles. Yep, stinging nettles, with their nasty little thorns. We’ve never tried them, but apparently they are super nutritious. The stinging property goes away with boiling (so I’m told). There is great little video on how to harvest them properly, and I think I’ll try this recipe for nettle pesto.

In other weirdness, David pointed out a robin sitting on the side-view mirror of the car yesterday. She would hop down onto the driver’s side window sill and flap her wings, as if trying to get at something inside. David went out to investigate, and found nothing in the car (we rarely use it so it’s pretty clean). He also taped an X over the spot, hoping to distort the reflection, if that what was making her crazy.

The crazy robin, and the taped X to distort the reflection

Poop trails: Driver’s side door

Poop trails: Passenger’s side door

This morning, we found out the bird was still there. Hopping around, and leaving the biggest poop trails on BOTH of the front doors. So weird! So we went out and moved both the cars into the driveway. Which did the trick, and the Robin is gone. But the question remains, what in the heck was she trying to accomplish?

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5 thoughts on “Winter's Farmers Market

  1. I love the Hillsdale Farmer’s Market – we can walk there from my dad’s house when we visit.

    That is one strange robin. Seriously disturbed.

  2. That is one wacky bird! Do you think that it saw its reflection from the mirror on the glass? Poor bird needs a friend! 😉

  3. It is breeding time and the bird actually thought that it was its opponent in the reflection. So, robin was trying to chase away its rival. It was trying to defend its territory from the other bird which it saw it a car window. Probably the bird was a male. One of our ornithologists wrote an article on such behavior of a blackbird but lately we are receiving lots of calls regarding such behavior of different kinds of birds.

  4. The Farmer’s Market sounds so cool! Thanks for sharing about it. 🙂 I’m sorry the little robin destroyed your car- I have to admit that it gave me good laugh, though.

    Sarah G.

  5. That is hilarious about the bird. I also live in Portland and last year had the same problem. Eventually, after 2+ weeks of having to wash my car nearly every day I started to shut plastic shopping bags in my car windows to act as a scarecrow for the Robin. While it was completely embarrassing, it worked…and within a week, 4 other cars along the street had done the same thing. Seems like my car wasn’t the only one being attacked.

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