Market of Marion
Bushnell, FL - Events of Friday, December 7, 2012 to Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Market of Marion is a flea market located in Belleview, FL a few miles north of The Villages, which in turn is located about 20 miles north of where we are staying in Bushnell.
The Market of Marion is one of two flea markets we usually go to while we staying at Blueberry Hill for the winter. The Market of Marion is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The second market, the Webster Flea
Market (open Mondays), is much larger. In fact, it is so big, it is
almost overwhelming. Not only that, but parking is easier and a lot
closer at Marion. Therefore, we sometimes don't make it to Webster, but we usually go to the Market of Marion more than once over the winter. We headed there on Friday.
The flea market usually has a nice selection of produce. On this stop, we got some asparagus and a couple of tomatoes. We were tired of the pink plastic grocery store tomatoes, and the ones from the market tasted great on the burgers Paul grilled a couple of days later.
The Market of Marion has a vendor who has a large selection of good quality reading glasses and knock-off sunglasses. Last year, Paul needed to replace his pair of reading glasses that got paint on them. This year, Margery wanted to try to find reading glasses following her cataract surgery. She can see fairly well to use the computer and for normal reading without glasses, but she has trouble reading very fine print in low light. This is common for the type of lens implants she chose.
Margery only needed a very low power glasses (+1.00, which is the lowest magnification they had) to enable her to read fine print. We both also got new sunglasses.
We had a couple of other stops to make in the area of The Villages after we visited the Market of Marion. By the time we finished those, it was about 1:30, and we were starved. It was certainly no coincidence we finished up our errands very close to OakWood Grill. Our plan all along was to stop there for a late lunch on our way back to the motor home. OakWood Grill has some of the best smoked meats we have ever had. They have turkey, beef, pork and sausage. We have never had the sausage, but the other meats have a nice smoky flavor without the smoke being overwhelming. The meats also are nice and moist and tender.
There is a lunch special M-F available until 4:00 p.m. that consists of a pork, beef or turkey sandwich with one side and a drink for $7.50. Margery had the beef sandwich and onion rings ($1.25 extra). The beef sandwich also includes au jus for dipping. Paul had his favorite - the smoked turkey lunch plate that includes two sides for $8. He had lima beans and cole slaw with his turkey.
Everything was delish! The turkey is so flavorful and moist, Paul doesn't even add any barbecue sauce to it. We definitely will be going back to OakWood numerous times over the winter. We also love their ribs, and they have a full rack at a special price all day every Sunday through Wednesday.
With our bellies full, we headed back to the motor home after making a quick stop at the Walmart in The Villages on the way. We needed to pick up a couple of items the Walmart next door to Blueberry Hill was out of.
We hung out around the motor home Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We took a couple of walks, and we relaxed. Our friends, Pat and Mike, who are full-timers and who are originally from our old home
town of Pittsburgh, pulled into Blueberry Hill on Sunday. Although they left Summerdale a few days ahead of us, they arrived at Blueberry Hill several days after us because they made stops farther north in Florida and in Sarasota on the way.
We made a Walmart run on Tuesday and then relaxed around the rig for the rest of the day. We went to the Sam's Club near The Villages on Wednesday to pick up a few items.
On Thursday, we decided to go to Coyote Rojo for lupper. Coyote Rojo is a Mexican restaurant across the main road from Blueberry Hill.
We started off our meal with the traditional complimentary corn chips and salsa. We like the salsa at Coyote Rojo because it has plenty of fresh cilantro in it.
Dinners range in price from under $6 to around $13. When we were there on Thursday, there was a pick-two combo special that also included rice and beans for under $6. Margery had the combo special with a shredded-beef enchilada and a chili relleno. Paul had a supreme steak burito that was filled with beef, guacamole, sour cream, rice, beans and lettuce and was covered with cheese sauce. Every thing was yummy!
After we left the restaurant, we headed back to the motor home for an evening of TV. We'll have a Christmas report coming up soon. Stay tuned.