Today I had some running around to do and ended up at the Wayne Farmers Market. It was insanely bustling, but I had forgotten how festive it was during Christmas!

I visited one of the butchers there to get the makings for my country pâté, and I picked up some fresh herbs and other things including some Fragonard soap from The Blue Rooster.

The Blue Rooster although not really food related is one of my favorite stalls in the farmers market –it’s always so pretty and their linens are so colorful and gorgeous. Visiting them is like a little mini visit to Provence!

I came home after some more shopping, and put my pâté together and refrigerated it. I will bake it off tomorrow.

I also put together a bunch of little gifts for my neighbors. You see, my neighborhood has this awesome tradition of exchanging small presents with each other. Whatever your baking, candy you’re making, however the spirit moves you.

This is such a nice little tradition and something that people just don’t take the time to do any longer. It’s a shame that more people don’t do little niceties like this any longer.

What’s that saying? Oh yes:

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
~W T Ellis

crazy fabulous italian easter bread

A nice man smiled at me at the Wayne Farmers Market this past Saturday from behind his bakery counter.

“Are you Italian?” he asked.

“Yes” I responded with a laugh.

“Then you have to buy and try my Easter Bread.” he says

And there is was looking so pretty, and it reminded me of the breads I would see waiting for us on the kitchen table belonging to my Aunt Millie and Aunt Josie on Ritner Street as a little girl.

So I bought one.  And yes, all of a sudden I was about six years old again.

This should be your Easter Bread too.  And while you are there, buy their cinnamon and sticky buns. Truthfully their buns are better than the wares being displayed for sale by the Up Country Dutchies at the market.

Buy it at D’Innoncenzo’s Bakery inside the Wayne Farmers Market.  If you need to order baked goods they are at the market Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 am to 4 pm.  The number at the market is 610-917-1104.

Tell them you read about them on chestercountyramblings.  I was not compensated for this post, incidentally.  It was all in the baked goods. Try them.