Last year we discovered a wonderful little market in Broadripple, Locally Grown Gardens, that is a real gem. Chef Ron Harris was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and says that musical artist Ice Cube is responsible for his venture for the market – a converted gas station and where Bob Marley now blares from speakers set atop a large refrigerator. You find yourself humming along and maybe swaying a bit here and there while perusing the vast selection of seasonal fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, baked goods, olive oils, specialty salts and balsamic vinegars.
I loved this quote from the website’s ‘About’ page: “Ice Cube was being interviewed, and they were asking, ‘What advice would you give to young artists coming up?’” Ice Cube said, ‘Well, in music, I would say you have to keep it focused. Make it hot on your block first. Then you can be hot in your state, then maybe on the Internet, then hot nationally and then hot globally. But you gotta be hot on your block first.’
As you can see from the photos The Professor snapped, pumpkins and squash now adorn the market, located on 54th street in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood but we were there checking out the offerings for this next week’s menu.
We picked up some cauliflower, green beans, apple cider, sweet potatoes, chanterelles and apples but we absolutely couldn’t leave without some of Ron’s BBQ Pork and 2 slices of that Sugar Cream Pie (Sugar Cream Pie is my well-known weakness; just typing those words makes my mouth water).
Yes Ron, I do believe you are ‘hot on your block’ and you’ll be seeing us again soon!