Today is Thursday, which means it is Market Day according to my days-of-the-week dishtowels. I took a little jaunt into the local food co-op in Brainerd to purchase some hot cocoa mix to set out on the porch for today's bed and breakfast guests. Yep, we are officially open for our 10th season. Look what I discovered! Isn't the can's label with the snowman against the dark brown background and a band of blue just the most precious thing you've ever seen?! The very best part is that this product "helps farmers in 3 countries -- the organic cocoa is from small-scale farmers in the Dominican Republic, the organic sugar is fairly traded from farmer cooperatives in Paraguay, and the organic milk powder from U.S. dairy cooperatives."
Dick headed off to "market" in another direction. He went to the post office to pick up our shipment of eight 17 week-old chickens from Murray McMurray Hatchery in Iowa. They will be laying their first beautiful brown eggs in two weeks. Well, the Red Star Chickens will produce brown eggs. When I placed my order early last winter, I had requested four Red Star and four Black Star. The white chickens were a total surprise when we opened up the shipping box.
Pearl, Flossie, Olga, Phoebe, Cora, Henny-penny, Edith, and Opal scratching the rich soil for worms to turn their yolks a lovely deep orange color... no matter whether their shell color is brown or white.