Steve Knox: A Saturday morning summer ritual

 

It's Tuesday morning as I write this, but my mind is wandering to Saturday morning. It's not that I want to rush my life away to get to Saturday, but summer Saturday mornings are my favorite. Saturday mornings mean two things for my daughter and I – a trip to the credit union and a stop at the farmers market.

OK, my life may not be the most exciting, but it's the little things in Janesville that make me smile. Big city folk may not understand a trip to the credit union. That task can be handled by an ATM. True, very true and I take advantage of that during the rest of the week. One thing an ATM can't give you is Gail who greets us at the East Milwaukee Street BHCCU. She greets my daughter and I with a smile and asks us our plans for the weekend. Of course, it always starts with our grocery list for the farmers market. It's the little things.

Next up is the quiet ride down Milwaukee Street until we park in the River Street lot. Quiet ride? Well, I look for Wilson's white Chevy Volt so I can park my red Chevy Volt next to it. That's a story for an other day. It's the little things.

Up next, the walk up and down the market. Is it the biggest? Of course not. Madison has a massive market but there's something special about ours. The smell of Sweet Life rolls, Elmer's Kettle Korn and so much more. The best part is the conversation. We stop and get feta cheese and the vendor knows my daughter HATES feta cheese. It's a running joke. We're regulars. It's the little things.

Next up is Mr. Zucchini. What's his real name? Honestly, I have no idea but my weekend isn't complete unless I stop and spend a few minutes sharing recipes. He's taught me a ton and I've been successful on the grill this summer. If it's on the right weekend our next stop is Paeleon for olives and oil. Unsolicited plug…it's the best cooking oil ever and the olives are fabulous! It's the little things.

We cross Franklin Street and head toward city hall to stop and chew the fat with the folks at the pottery booth. I haven't made a purchase but I've kept my eye on a few things for this fall. It's a nice conversation, but my mind is set on Skelly's. Sweet corn, those yummy doughnuts and whatever else is in season. Yummo.

Finally, my daughter and I touch Jackson Street and make the turn around. Our last stop is always Decatur Dairy for squeaky cheese but it typically takes us more than a few minutes to get back to the 'start'. It's the little things.

Have you been to the farmers market this year? If not, take some time and wander down. Mark it on your calendar, add it to your Outlook or whatever you do for a reminder. Who knows, once you go you may be looking forward to going again next Saturday.

It's the little things in Janesville that make our community great. The farmers market, Gail and BHCCU are a few of those super little things.

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