Hither, thither, and yon: the peripatetic shopper

Wheatsville bulletin boardAvoiding the crowds today, we enjoyed our shoppng excursions to Fiesta Mart South, Gardens, and Wheatsville Co-op.

Fiesta has a great stock of pinatas right now. At the little cafe, each table had a seasonal centerpiece of artificial fall leaves arranged prettily and stuck into real gourds or small pumpkins. We return again and again for the so-called St. Louis cut pork spare ribs, beautifully fresh and trimmed without waste, for $1.19 a pound. Today it was because it’s a good day to fire up the oven in celebration of our new autumn weather. All was being set up for the beginning of early voting tomorrow.

At Gardens, there are seeds for every sort of nasturtium variety anyone can think of. I like the way they’re packed after paid for: in muslin drawstring bags. Also stocked, although I forget at what price, are bulbs for the hard-to-find oxblood lilies (rhodophiala bifida). Kitizawa seed packets for various exotic greens are there, also. There are discounts for bulbs bought in quantity. As always, anyone just walking through this shop comes out smelling delicious. People were buying potted cyclamens in bloom, not just in the common pink, red, and white, and in several more exotic colors, including white with feathery swirls of maroon.

Fiesta had the beautiful zucchini, and Wheatsville had the beautiful yellow summer squash. We found at Wheatsville only the blander varieties of Pederson’s smoked sausage (no jalapeno in stock), but we were really there to order our fresh Mary’s turkey for November. We intended to check out the Maine Root ginger brew (Austin is now the home of Maine Root), but forgot. I like the listing of local suppliers to Wheatsville, complete with the distance from the co-op for each vendor.

The photo here shows today’s version of one of the best bulletin boards in town, Wheatsville’s. It’s easy to pick out the unmistakable profile of Dino Lee (on October 26, he returns to Antone’s with the White Trash Revue). The news for me on that board is that Lamberts downtown fancy barbeque joint is having Monday football nights, with a big screen and everything a carnivore needs for complete happiness.

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