Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday go to Market Snappers

GR&DF thank you again for stopping by a sharing my blog and shenanigans!!

Yesterday was Wednesday and that means a visit to the Civic Center Farmers Market. I never get tired of going and seeing what is in season. Now with the late Fall here and less produce out there a larger gaps between some of the Booths/stands. Even with a few no shows there was plenty to see and I took a bunch of snaps....

I always am amazed at the variety of things I find here and finding sugar cane is certainly different - the lemon grass was so nice I almost bought some, but Rico doesn't like Thai food so why bother... I on the other hand just love the stuff!!

and here is some really long pieces of sugar cane - what would you do with it???
Isn't it a great purple color!!

Many if not most of the vendors set up little vignettes - I thought this one particularly nice -

This farmer always has the nicest variety of potatoes - Fingerling, Yukon gold and the Peruvian Purple ones - I bought some of the purple ones since we have become addicted to them - just quarter them, sprinkle with some lovely French grey salt, grind on some black pepper and splash a little nice olive oil stir and pour into an iron skillet - throw in the oven at 350 for about 40 mins stirring every 10 mins and voila some super nice and easy potatoes!!

aren't these some beautiful carrots!! It is just crazy the different colours they come in.

This basket of little lovelies held the not so nice carrots.... but they are still really nice looking.

and there were bunches of the most beautiful rhubarb everywhere - this was some of the nicest -

This "green" shot included some spiky looking things - -
The Bok Choy was quite nice and I really like this green just steamed -
On the way out I stopped to get my bag o'kettle korn - and this little group of field trippers was just crunching away. It is really nice that they make the time to bring classes over to see the different veggies and things - and every week there is a different group of kids and all ages from Kindergarten up to around 6th Grade.
That was yesterday - last night was some more exchange work.

The flickers in the evening were part of the TCM Month Long Tribute to Johnny Mercer and showcased some Academy Award winning songs in movies. The first up was a great film "The Harvey Girls" - 1946 - starring Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury and two favorites of mine Marjorie Main and Virginia O'Brien. The Mercer award winning song from this film was "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe." This was followed by "Here Comes the Groom" - 1951 - Starring Jane Wyman, Bing Crosby and Alexis Smith. This movie is not considered a musical but with Bing in it there was plenty of singing. The song that won the award from this flick was "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening." The last flicker for the evening is a real favorite of mine - both the film and the song from the film - "Breakfast at Tiffany's" -1961 - starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Patricia Neal. The award winning song was "Moon River." I would highly recommend all three films - if you get the chance you will enjoy!!

There you go sports fans!! Thanks for stopping by! Do come again!

Take care,
edgar

23 comments:

Myriam said...

Que j'aime lorsque tu vas au marché!Si différent qu'en Belgique! Belles photos, j'aime!!!

Catherine G. said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures from the market! We live on East Coast - near Amish country. Their farm stands are good, but not nearly as colorful!!

Beth said...

What a beautiful farmers market you have there. I have never seen one that nice down here where I live. I have also never seen purple cauliflower before, how unusual! I love your blog, you do such beautiful work.

Maggee said...

Hi Edgar! I watched Harvey Girls last night, and was going to record 'Here Comes the Groom' but I already had it on tape! And of COURSE, I have Breakfast at Tiffany's! Love all the flicks this week... we have the same good taste! :)
Hugs.

Margaret said...

Oh gosh, I wish I had a farmer's market like that! How wonderful! I've never even seen sugar cane IRL before. I love your pictures -- they make me want to go to your market right now!

As for Johnny Mercer -- is it an anniversary of his or something? The NYT crossword puzzle this past Sunday was all about him too. I didn't realize he'd written the lyrics for so many songs until we did that puzzle! I love Breakfast at Tiffany's!

Nicola said...

Your farmers markets over there never cease to amaze me, they are so colourful and plentiful.

Tracey said...

Beautiful snaps as always-- you may have mentioned this before but what kind of camera do you have? It takes really good pictures and I am looking for a newer, smaller one. Thanks!

Marjorie said...

Beautiful pictures! I love Breakfast at Tiffany's--I get choked up at the end no matter how many times I see it. I know, I'm a sap.

Rachel S said...

Lovely pictures.

Barb said...

I never tire of looking at your pics of the beautiful produce. I'm jealous. There's a big drive here to buy local, but we miss out on so much! We'll never have the variety you guys have, local or not.

Nancy said...

Your photographs look like they belong in a food magazine Edgar - they're always so beautiful!

Anna van Schurman said...

It's potatoes. POTATOES! Edgar, I think you may kill me yet. (I know what you were thinking, you were thinking, didn't Dan Quayle spell it potatoE? Well, then potatoes can't be right." But it is! It is!) I must love you to keep coming back. ;)

When I was in Jamaica? Barbados? we just ate the sugar cane straight. Kind of like rock candy meets chewing gum meets bamboo. Sounds great, right? Maybe there are enough people distilling rum in SF to make it worth the farmer's while? LOL.

dixiesamplar said...

Wow, that is one color-filled market! You are lucky to have such bounty close by.

The movies sound wonderful! As soon as the semester is over, I plan to catch up on my movie watching.

HAPPY STITCHIN'
Terri

Lisa said...

I love going to the farmer's market. Each season has their special produce and color. Those photos you posted are beautiful. I just love the one with the colorful carrots and the purple cauliflower. Until I came to California, I had no idea that vegetables came in all colors - just thought a carrot was orange, cauliflower was white, peppers came in red or green only.
I feel very blessed to have moved out here and exposed our family to the riches of California!

J Rae said...

The colors of the market are just beautiful! The squash, potatoes & carrots. And that rhubarb, which I am not a big fan of, the color is just divine!

FayeRaye said...

Bok Choy for a 1.00???? Are you kidding me?? All these picts make me want to go vegetarian!~ NICE~~

DonnaTN said...

The colorful veggies are amazing. The purple cauliflower is eye catching. I might feel better about eating it if it doesn't look like a brain!

Berit said...

Marc also hates thai food; says it's so boring.

Man, those rhubarbs make me want to try this crumble recipe I found! Yum, yum.

Blu said...

Wow, what an incredibly colourful bunch of veggies. And your pics of them are amazing~

Karen said...

The sugar cane certainly brings back memories of Thanksgiving. My great grandfather's holiday tradition was to have a cane grind the day after Thanksgiving and they made cane syrup. I can still smell it cooking in one of those huge cane pots. It would crystalize on the side would be like candy! Hadn't thought of that in a long while and seeing your picture reminded me of that.

Cathy B said...

I always enjoy seeing your market pictures Edgar!

Kathryn said...

We still have sugar cane on Maui (at least for now). The thing most people do with it is use it in drinks. You can sliver it to the size of swizzle sticks and use it in iced tea or Mai Tais (with or without impaled fruit). The other thing I have done with sugar cane is to cut it into sticks, impale some raw shrimp on it. Marinate the whole thing, then toss it on the grill. Delicious for appetizers.

Charlene said...

Enjoyed catching up with your postings! Just wondered if you can't use the lemon grass to flavor chicken or fish? Love your new framed piece, by the way!