Wandering around the opening day of the Georgetown Farmers Market Saturday morning (in the sun, no less!), I felt happier than I've been in awhile. Saveur dedicated their June issue to markets around the world with this opener: "Nothing offers a more vivid reflection of who (and where) we are than food markets, from a huge open-air bazaar to a handful of street vendors to our local farm stand. They awaken our senses, they fulfill us, they fuel our passion for cooking and eating, and they inspire us to seek out new tastes and experiences." Yes, and yes.
At the edge of the market, the taco stand was spit-roasting some al pastor that was absolutely irresistible. I got there at 10:00, right when they opened, and people were downing tacos like it was dinnertime. Two little stacked corn tortillas, a pile of juicy pork and grilled pineapple, chopped white onions, a lime wedge, and fiery chile sauce. I'm planning my whole life around getting in line again as soon as possible.
What markets make you happy? Where are the produce stands, grocery stores, farmers markets, or ethnic markets that launch you into blissful, culinary oblivion?