Whenever I go back to Kansas to visit family, you can bet I find time to visit Smith’s Market Hutchinson, KS.
Located on historic South Main Street in Hutchinson, warm and welcoming, Smith’s market is so unique that I don’t even know where to begin. Smith’s Market is a contemporary version of an old country market and one can definitely spend a lot of time browsing as it is chock full of unique items from floor to ceiling, nook to cranny…and there’s cranny to nook.
In addition to its beautiful produce aisle, and array of specialty foods, there’s guaranteed to be a surprise around every corner. I took lots of eye candy photos, so why don’t you join me for a photographic tour of a great little store.
Speaking of candy, it’s impossible to steer clear of the candy aisle at Smith’s, so you might as well let that sweet tooth run wild and grab a bag of every one of your childhood candy memories. Take a look:
Ahh-haaaa…here’s the first little nook and cranny treasure I ran across. Sandhill Plum Jelly. The Sand Hills are located northeast of Hutchinson. Home to more sand than many deserts, you can also find Sand Hill Plum bushes amongst the rolling dunes and along the roads. These dunes were formed by wind-deposited sand from the Arkansas River left at the end of the Ice Age. They are now stabilized by the roots of sand prairie grasses. I remember as a kid Dad would drive us over in mid summer, parking alongside the road we’d pick baskets of Sandhill Plums for jelly. They are tart cherry-sized berries that grow on these Kansas native bushes. It’s been years since I’ve had any of this jelly.
More tempting cookbooks.
I love Smith’s Market and look forward to browsing…and browsing..and browsing.. each trip home. Know why? Because I know I’ll find something new, that I didn’t see before.