Sunday, October 3, 2010

Farmers' Market

One day last month, we stopped in at a local farmers' market to buy some corn. They were rather disappointing compared to some of the other ears we've enjoyed at countryside stands before and since. All was not lost though. Fresh produce can be quite colourful and so I decided to snap a few photos.



"Let my words, like vegetables, be tender and sweet, for tomorrow I may have to eat them." ~Anonymous




"What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?" ~Logan P. Smith




“A writer is like a bean plant - he has his little day, and then gets stringy” ~E. B. White




"A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins." ~Laurie Colwi


This last one was taken at my son Jeffrey's house earlier in September. It was early evening and the sunlight fell across this one onion on his kitchen counter. It was still growing in his neighbours garden just the day before.


"An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh." ~Will Rogers

Back in a few days with some photos from my local park.

61 comments:

Stacey Dawn said...

Hilary! Gorgeous shots! I adore Farmers Markets! Each time - I must confess - I head to the fresh dill where I soak up that scent. Crazy - I know - but it's joy to me! ;o)

ladyfi said...

What a colourful and delicious post! Love the quotes too.

slommler said...

Hilary!!! Gorgeous shots! The colors and textures you captured are amazing!!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Zuzana said...

Beautiful images of fall produce in an array of colours, so well complemented by wise quotes...
Have a lovely weekend dear Hilary,
xoxo

ethelmaepotter! said...

Love everyone of these, but the tomatoes, with the little sprinkles of water is my favorite. And the onion...somehow it looks rather melancholy!

Brian Miller said...

nice. love all the color...esp those blue berries...yum! the onion pic is rather eerie...lol. happy sunday hilary!

Friko said...

vegetables as works of art, beautiful.

Tabor said...

Delicious in many ways...but those tomatoes look greenhouse to me.

Daryl said...

Alas poor onion I knew him well ... lots of good healthy veggies there ...

Leah J. Utas said...

Wonderful post. So vibrant. So tasty.

Dianne said...

I love the peppers!! and the romantic onion shot - how cool is that
you're so wonderful

Country Girl said...

Luv your veggie pics, Hilary. Am sitting here trying to think of a funny vegetable and simply cannot.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

totally gorgeous colors!

DJan said...

As usual, you take the everyday sights and make them magical!

ellen abbott said...

the peppers are gorgeous but they don't look anything like my homegrown peppers which tend to be small and weirdly shaped. Great shots all.

Lori said...

I love farmers markets...you captured the viberant colors fabulously...did you buy any of these and cook anything with them? Happy Sunday to you and yours. XX

Shammickite said...

fall is definitely the best season for veggie pictures, the colours are so vibrant. And it's probably the best season for eating the veggies once the pictures have been taken!

deb said...

now I want a salad...
:)

the onion shot is so cool.

Rain said...

What a perfect place for photo ops! Great photos! :)

Nick said...

Wow, who'd have thought veggies could look so good - like the colors of the peppers. Glad you like the uninvited guest story. "Blessing of the animals" this week.

Snappy Di said...

Love the one liners with each photo. Your photos are always a joy and it is no different today as I sit and view these.... Very nice work, Hilary!

Di

Land of shimp said...

Look! It's the haunted onion. WooooOOOOOooooo. It'll make you cry when it says boo.

I just sent you an email, so you already know I'm all goofy with exercise induced endorphins. So there is a reason I'm talking to the onion picture.

Hilary, those are fantastic shots. I can practically smell them, and I'm sure some free radical just turned up its toes and bought the farm at the up-close sight of all those antioxidants.

They're gorgeous. But it did take me a moment to realize that the plums were plums, and not GIGANTIC blueberries and was incredibly impressed with the Veruca Salt Sized Berries Canada produced!

But they're great plums. You'd think I'd recognize a plum easily enough at this stage, but no :-)

L. D. Burgus said...

Your photos are so wonderful. The colors are so great. I just captured a photo of a plant in my kitchen with the sun shining on it. I had brought it in for the night so the frost would not destroy it.

steviewren said...

I'm ready for a salad now! Just add some spinach and it will be delish.

messymimi said...

You have made me hungry for plums and tomatoes.

Karen said...

Oh, my goodness, Hilary, these are gorgeous! Should be on the front of a food mag! You are so talented! Have a great week.

Steve Gravano said...

Those peppers and plums look delicious, great shot now I need to make me a salad.

ds said...

Oh, beautiful! The color, the variety (the onion). Love EB White's comment re writers and beans. Very clever, you.

Slamdunk said...

Great colors--we enjoy our trips to the various farm markets around here as well.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of vegetables and fruits. They are very refresh.

Sandra said...

Only you, my friend, could make a post about vegetables sound so eloquent. I love the way you see the world, including its produce. :)

gaelikaa said...

I've seen carrots and even bananas in shapes that made people laugh. I loved those photos, they were incredibly sensual. I adore salads of raw vegetables....

Bossy Betty said...

Love the colors and textures here! Can I go with you next time?

Maggie said...

Simply saturated glory. Thank you!

holdingmoments said...

They all look so mouthwatering. mmmmm.

Hilary said...

• SD, I can understand your joy of fresh dill and could see myself doing pretty much the same. Just keep the cilantro far away from my nose! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• LadyFi, thanks very much. :)

• Thanks kindly, SueAnn. Much appreciated. :)

• Zuzana, thank you, my friend. Always happy to see you stop by. :)

• Thank you, Ethelmae. I'm glad you like the veggies and fruits. You're right about the onion.. have a scroll down to Daryl's comment. It cracked me up. :)

• Brian, thank you. The "blue berries" are actually plums - small ones. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you kindly, Friko. :)

• Tabor, I suppose it's possible but unlikely. They were taken in late August so I imagine they were fresh from the outdoor vine - but you never know. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Daryl, you totally made me laugh out loud with this. Thanks for that. :)

• Leah, thank you. I'm glad you like it. :)

• Thank you, Dianne. You're always so kind with your comments. :)

• Kate, thanks. Veggies just aren't funny. They're warm, soothing, bright, delicious.. but not funny. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Gary. :)

• DJan, thank you so much. :)

• Ellen, they do look fairly impressive as peppers go. I've had some good luck with peppers in the past but never this good. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you, Lori. We ended up buying some corn (which wasn't very good) and something else which totally escapes my memory at the moment. It might have been something like bread or some other finished product. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Shammie, you're so right about that. There's something about the harvest season that makes you want to consume those veggies RIGHT NOW! Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Deb. A salad sounds good to me too right now. :)

Hilary said...

• Thanks kindly, Rainy. Much appreciated. :)

• Nick, thanks. I'm glad you like them. I quite enjoyed your current post too. :)

• SnappyDi, thanks kindly. Very much appreciated. :)

• Alane, I have no problem with you talking to the onion picture. What freaked me out was when it talked back, all enamoured with you. It has even offered you a ring. ;) Thanks so much for the kind words, my friend. I'm glad you got the blueberry/plum image all sorted out. :)

• Thank you, Larry. I read your comment last night and thought "Oh, thanks for the reminder" because we had a frost warning here too. I promptly forgot though and now I'm dreading going to take a look to see how they fared. Perhaps we were spared the worst of it. Thank for your kind words. :)

• Steviewren, that sound perfect to me. A bit of feta too, perhaps? :)

• Messymimi, me too, darn it! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Karen, thank you so much. You're too kind. :)

• Steve, I'm glad these pics are evoking desires to eat right. Thanks for the visit. :)

• DS, thanks so much for the kind words. Very much appreciated. :)

• Slamdunk, thanks kindly. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Rajesh, Thank you kindly. :)

• Sandra, aren't you sweet! Yes, you truly are. Thank you so much, my friend. :)

• Gaelikaa, you're quite right about those funny-shaped fruits and veggies. Thanks very much for the kind words. Very much appreciated. :)

• Betty, thank you. Of course, you're always welcome to join me. I want to accompany you on your mall shopping sprees! Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Maggie, thank you so kindly. :)

• Keith, thanks for the visit. :)

Reb said...

Beautiful! I like the onion in the sun.

Kat said...

I love the farmers market. We always have so much fun when we go. I LOVE that last shot! :)

Cloudia said...

How nourishing!






Warm Aloha from Waikiki

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Frank Baron said...

Nice. :)

It's the lighting mostly (and my imagination) but the onion puts me in mind of a jack o' lantern.

Pat - Arkansas said...

I do love the way you link such appropriate quotes to your beautiful photos! Happy Fall to you, m'dear.

SandyCarlson said...

All of that looks delicious. Delectable. I would love to visit a stand like that one. Yum!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Those plums look fabulous. I'd be making a tart!
Hope you're having a good week.
xo jj

Shrinky said...

I adore farmer's markets. Love these shots, Hilary, but the one of the onion is particulary gorgeous, isn't it? I smiled at the quotes, especially the bean one!

Russell said...

Yes, vegetables and fruit can be quite colorful. I was at a farmers' market recently and noticed how colorful everything was.

Been very busy the last few weeks. I am teaching 8 classes and that is about 5 too many! I will try to get back to scroll through your blog. I always enjoy stopping by.

Take care.

25BAR said...

I enjoy farmer's markets. I'd like to farm some day. Sooner than later, I hope.

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Reb. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

• Kat, this was a very small market compared to many, set up in a parking lot with not more than about ten vendors but their produce was colourful and eye-catching. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Good to see you, Cloudia. :)

• Frank, maybe it's the black and orange effect. Or you've been puffing on something. ;)

• Thank you kindly, Pat. So good to see you. I wish the best of the season to you, too. :)

• Sandy, thank you. All was very appealing indeed, but not without high price tags. Yum, nonetheless. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Joanna, if you'd make the plum tart, I'd be over in an instant with a napkin tucked under my chin. Sounds delicious. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you, Shrinky. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. That onion practically shone at me like a light source that day. It demanded its photo taken. It was ready for its close up! ;)

• Nice to see you, Russell. I'm glad you took some time from your demanding schedule to visit. It's always a pleasure to see you stop by. :)

• 25BAR, it would be quite the interesting life to be a farmer of any sort. I hope your dreams come true. :)

kcinnova said...

The peppers are gorgeous!

TSannie said...

What wonderful photos! Veggies are one of the prettiest thing you can photograph.
That last photo reminds me of one of the best photographers I've come across. (Saw her for the first time on The Fabulous Beekman Boys website.)Her photos of fruits and veggies look like Old Master paintings: http://tiny.cc/u2yxm

Cricket said...

Hi Hilary -

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Lovely shots as always. Fresh wax beans - I've had the devil of a time finding those this year. I really like three-bean salad, and the canned ones are so mushy. I use 'em, but not without resentment.

I agree with Alane about the "haunted onion." Weird.

Perhaps there's no vegetable that will make people laugh, but I can think of some herbs that will do the job. Heh, heh.

Soundtrack: Frank Zappa, Call Any Vegetable.

TechnoBabe said...

That is beautiful veggies I must say.

Maggie May said...

Thoat fruit and veg looked so juicy and made my mouth water.
I think the droplets of rain on them made them even more appealing, somehow!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Clowncar said...

those colors are like ones out of a dream - so vibrant!

a nice sight on a cool gray day such as today.

Carolynn said...

I'm feeling oddly hungry all of a sudden....

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks, again, for the feast.

Hilary said...

• Thanks, KC. Much appreciated. :)

• TSannie, thank you so much for that link. Her work is wonderful. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Cricket, good to see you. I love bean salad too though I can't say that I've ever tried the canned stuff. True about the onion. I think it has a Hallowe'en feel to it, like Frank said. Too funny about the herb. And Zappa fits right in with that. Thanks. :)

• Thanks, TechnoBabe. :)

• Maggie May, thanks kindly. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. :)

• Clowncar, thanks very much. I'm happy you think so. :)

• Carolynn, me too. Care to join me in a big salad? :)

• Sandy, thank you for joining me. :)

Lisa said...

Thankyou for stopping by. I had the yellow beans in my garden this year and the small tomatos with so many carrots and potatos Im sure I will have enough for the winter.
Your blog is so beautiful.
Have a great night.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Hilary: Those are certainly fun captures from the market.

Robyn said...

Lovely photos Hillary....
what came to mind was how strange to see so much plastic at a farmers market.

x Robyn

Hilary said...

• Thanks very kindly, Lisa. It sure sounds like you had your own personal bounty. I hope you enjoy. :)

• Thank you, Tom. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Robyn. I never thought about the plastic really. I guess it's just convenient and probably reusable. Thanks for the visit. :)