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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Farmers Market

Hi! I went to the farmers market today! How fun! The past few days have been rainy and very cool here, low 60s,

...but today the clouds blew off to sea and the day was what New Yorkers call a Ten Best Day. Truly delightful. Still cool, breezy, dry, not a cloud in the sky.  

I haven't been to the market since summer before last, but today I decided to give it a try, despite always disappointing parking issue.

I was so happy I went. The market is smaller than it was, but bustling and cheery.

As always the abundance and the colors of the produce delight my eyes and  appetite, inspire creativity.

I love the bandanna lined baskets.

No fruit though! I was hoping for fresh raspberries. [Inspiration recipe here. ] But I have arugula and romaine in my fridge and a bought an enormous bouquet of very spicy red and white long radishes. So I'll make do with store bought vinaigrette , I think Kraft?

I also wanted Kirby cucumbers for my dill pickle project, but again, no. There was a box of the cukes but they were huge, like overgrown zucchini. This makes pickles that are all seeds, not good. I still haven't found a good pickling vinegar anyway so I guess I can wait.

The other item on my list was field grown zinnias.

My own zinnias [and other seed flowers] are doing well and blooming,

but I hate to cut them and I was so hopeful that the guy who always has the zinnia posies would be there today. And he was!

Aren't they the cutest flower?

My favorite Italian seller from my old Brooklyn neighborhood was still there. Many fancy ravioli choices.

I wonder what one does with berry filled ravs?

Next week I think I'll try the blueberry ones, which I'll toss with fresh ricotta. Also some  special cheeses, like this scamorza, an aged mozzarella with a rind, very unique to Italian markets, mild but salty, so delish~Info here

The market has a new ''wellness'' feature, with ongoing yoga under the trees. Here are some people practicing/ meditating (and young woman enjoying an impromptu  picnic with her daughter).

And here is the yoga studio's booth.

 I love looking at clothes and textiles, especially Indian prints, some voile, some silk. They also sell tiny [store bought] muslin bags stamped "Breathe" or "Namaste" and so on, filled with lavender; plus small bunches of dried lavender. Enjoyable, but I'm a bit confused/ miffed because when L and I wanted to sell my lavender hearts at the market we were told [unofficially but by someone in authority] that the green market could only sell produce and things grown locally, no ''crafts''--and certainly not kimonos from India!??


Back home Mo and I enjoyed the chilly afternoon on our deck. I think this makes Mo happier than anything else in life, even better than sleeping in mom's bed--a quiet afternoon in the sun on the deck, just us two, peaceful and relaxed. It must make Mo feel safe and loved.

I finished all but one posy of the outer rosette borders of Summertime. Four inner rounds to go, 24 more rosettes, then to disperse the extras. In birds' beaks, maybe?
I think the rosettes are zinnias, what do you think?



gone to the beach...


  1. That's crazy that it's been that long since you've gone to the framers market. Glad that you were able to go. Everything is so colorful! I love seeing all of the fresh corn lined up.

    Hmmm, so why is the lobster ravioli pink? The little cheese gourds are very cute, lol. The raspberry vinaigrette looks delish.

    Hey! You and L should ask again. Your hearts would be perfect for a market, I think.

    Oh my gosh, summertime is looking oh so cute!

    Oh, and that little pitcher that your zinnias are in is very cute.

    Happy weekend to you and Mo!


    1. Not sure why the lobster rav is pink! I ll ask! Even if the filling is pink the dough should be regular white? Or maybe it's like squid rav which is black or b & white stripes, bec the pureed squid [eeew] is in the pasta dough, then the filling is regular ricotta and parm?
      The little pitcher is a set of three! English Staffordshireware,c.1890, called chintzware. I loved it for the birds, though I don't really collect chintzware, except plates w violets or pansies,lol.

      I added a Weekend post w the wine list for everyone just now. It can be ordered thru wine.com, I think.

      No to sellinh hearts at the market--too many issues: craft not produce/ not local lavender, yaddah yaddah. They were pretty rude when we broached the idea years ago, L was a volunteer at the market and she would have run the booth for me. Sort of lots of infighting ''politics'', not my thing.
      Moved on. I think the India kimono booth gets by because it is a the town's wellness program, running a=at the market but not part of the Market?

      Have a great weekend!



  2. Oh I am so glad you could go to the market. I have yet to go to mine, way too hot! Mo looks so content on your lovely deck. He truly feels loved and secure. How I feel about all the cats who hang out in my gardens. :) Enjoy your zinnias! Kit

    1. I love reading about your kitties. Despite having Mo, I'm a cat person at heart.

  3. I'm so excited you got to the market! Did you do okay with the trip and all that walking? I enjoy seeing what you find there, always something interesting. The ravioli looks wonderful and I can't wait to see what you can do with the fruit-filled - never saw any like that before! Or white bell peppers!

    The flowers are so pretty, both at the market and at home. The heat have gotten mine, they're fried. Mo does look very mellow in his chair, chillin' in the shade.

    The rosettes on the quilt can be several different flowers. Soft pinks rosettes could be pinks (carnations), the bright yellows, oranges, and reds can be zinnias, and the blues (if any) can be bachelor's buttons...!!!

  4. Forgot to say - maybe you should talk to whoever has the yoga booth. Maybe they'd be interested in buying your hearts to re-sell. Or you could check back - the rules for the market may have changed a little.

    1. It's a non-profit, supposedly w/ RULES. Right now I d not be interested anyway, but it seemed odd.

  5. Yum...all those wonderful pastas! Will have to try scarmoza...sounds like my kind of cheese, although just about any cheeese is my kind! Beautiful flowers and you always find such lovely ways to display them. Mo looks very relaxed and satisfied. He knows he has a Mommy who loves him to the moon and back.

  6. Fruit Rav? Yum!! You have the coolest market! I am glad you were able to make it out. I love Zinnias!


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