Red Barn Flea Market
Wauchula, FL - Events of Friday, February 17, 2017
We had been hanging around the co-op for the last few weeks because of the work that was being done by the contractor on our concrete. About the only time we went anywhere was to go to church on Sunday and to run errands. However, we did make time on one of our errands earlier last week to stop for a late lunch at Dee's Place in Sebring. We both had half-pound burgers ($7.09 without cheese, $7.59 with), and they were delish!
With the pouring of the concrete finally complete last Thursday and with the forms not scheduled to be removed until the following Monday, we finally had time on Friday to go somewhere other than Walmart or Lowe's. We headed to Bradenton to check out the Red Barn Flea Market.
Since we left relatively early for the flea market anyway, we decided to stop on the way for the breakfast buffet at Miller's Dutch Kitch'n located only a short distance from the flea market. All our regular readers know how much we like the breakfast buffet at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Walnut Creek near where we stay for the summer. There is also a Der Dutchman Restaurant in Sarasota that we went to last November shortly after we got to our new site in Wauchula. Miller's has a menu similar to Der Dutchman, so we decided to give them a try.
The breakfast buffet at Miller's isn't quite as extensive as the one at Der Dutchman. Miller's had scrambled eggs, pre-made omelets, grits, oatmeal, French toast, fried mush, home fries, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, turkey sausage, bacon, cottage cheese, canned fruit, and fresh cantaloupe. Even though the buffet at Miller's isn't quite as extensive as Der Dutchman, the price is about the same on weekdays ($8.99) and $1 more on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Miller's claim to fame, however, and the real reason we wanted to try them is they have pie on their breakfast buffet. They had coconut cream, banana cream, chocolate cream, peanut butter, rhubarb, apple, blueberry, egg custard, and more. The pie was pretty good so we each had three pieces (they're small).
Overall, the breakfast buffet at Miller's was pretty good, but it wasn't quite as good as Der Dutchman in Sarasota. In our opinion, Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek is even better than the one in Sarasota so Miller's comes in third.
From Miller's we headed to the Red Barn Flea Market. The market is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the winter. There are both indoor shops selling new merchandise and outdoor booths with new merchandise, plants, produce, and used items. We headed to the outdoor area first.
We were hoping to find some used, reasonably-priced garden tools in the outdoor section, but the first area we came to had mostly produce.
The produce area is quite large, and there was a wide variety available. The quality of the produce looked good, but the prices seemed a little high. Maybe we're just spoiled by the "mom and pop" produce stand we usually go to in Sebring that has very reasonable prices.
In the outdoor area around the corner from the produce we finally came to some vendors with used items.
Unfortunately, no one had any garden tools so we headed inside. The indoor section is made up of a maze of rather cluttered aisles.
We walked up and down most of the aisles. Margery did find a small leather purse she had been looking for, and Paul found a new wallet to replace his old one that is starting to fall apart. The prices for both items were very reasonable.
From the flea market, we made a quick stop at Sam's Club to pick up a few items. Then we headed back to the co-op to relax for the evening.