I don't think we have many locals around here anymore, but I went to the Dekalb Farmers Market today and survived.
It's a massive international foods market that is the
place to go for all of the things. It's one of my absolute favorite places, but just before the holidays it is chaos on a grand scale. Today it was actually not as bad as I expected. It was definitely worse when I went a couple of years ago the day before Thanksgiving. I never got truly stuck on any of the aisles today, so I'll count that as a win.
I got my fennel, mint, case of tofu, and challah (which is within arm's reach of fresh baked naan, injera, focaccacia, and pita), among other things, but passed on items like whole sugar cane, dragon fruit, bitter melon, and sour tamarind.
Now I just have to prepare and serve all of the things. My grandmother is paying for the ham that Mom will purchase and plate. Mom is apparently uninterested in Christmas without grandchildren because she has no plans to procure, prepare, or serve anything aside from ham.
So I will be making something vegan for me to eat as well as sweet potatoes, apples, braised green beans, rolls, a fennel and orange salad, and a carrot-apple cake.