Seen at our farmers market these days: Peppers, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, and the most vibrant colors of flowers
Of course, there’s always a usual huge selection of cheese, popcorn, honey and bakery to drool over too. But I’m usually attracted to the flowers – I want all of them but I never buy any; just take lots of pictures. Hope you’re out enjoying these last couple weeks of summer!
It was cool to see the US Postal Service at the Saturday farmers market with a display of artwork celebrating American farmers markets on its farmers market stamps.As usual for the middle of summer, there’s always lots of bakery, produce, plants and flowers to see at the market, as well as great people-watching while sipping an iced coffee.
Hope you’re making time to go outside and enjoy summer!
The first farmers market of July was a fun way to start our Saturday – full of people of all colors, sizes and shapes; bakery, produce, plants and flowers. We usually have more fun people-watching the crowds and bringing home pictures. It’s always refreshing to see buckets and buckets of bouquets!
Oh yeah, and a donut for Dave!
Hope you’re making time to go outside and enjoy summer!
There’s always lots of cheese and bakery at the farmers market from spring to fall, but I love seeing the variety of flowers and produce, especially as the crops change through the seasons. This time of year, the flowers and bouquets are so vibrant! And the harvest crops produce fun shapes, colors and textures.
Hope you enjoyed some adventures this weekend.
Our farmers market opened this weekend. That’s a sure sign that spring is here. We went early this time, and it was still a little chilly.
The first market of the season doesn’t usually have a lot of produce, but there’s always bakery, coffee and cheese to sample.
These cow cookies always make me smile.
We always buy two monster cookies from the Amish farmer. They are SO scrumptious!
It was refreshing to see the perennials and herbs available this early.
It was wonderful to see so many pops of color and soak up fresh air and warm sunshine all weekend. Hope you enjoyed a nice spring weekend too.
We got up early on Saturday morning and ventured to the farmers market, where we found a wonderful fall harvest of goodies. We really lucked out with gorgeous fall weather too.
There were so many colorful varieties of crops.
We saw lots of fingerling potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet corn, apples, and watermelon.
We also saw the usual: cheese, bakery, honey, and flowers. The dahlias were stunning!
I saw a couple new ways people are displaying their crops at the market, from this giant basket of lettuce,
to these silver platters to show apples.
My favorite finds were pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies, apple cider donuts and applesauce.
This particular market really got me in the mood for the fall season, and some fall cooking and baking, which I haven’t been doing much lately. Thanks for stopping by!
We went to farmers market this weekend for the first time in about a month. It was really crowded so we didn’t buy much – a donut, monster cookies from an Amish family, a small bag of kettle corn, and a pepper plant for our kitchen.
Saturday is my favorite day of the week, so I love it when we go out exploring, especially into the urban neighborhoods. It was a beautiful day, so after farmers market, we had an early lunch and sat at the sidewalk tables for a couple hours, talking and people-watching.
On Sunday, I had a wonderful chat with my cousin, which turned into a great brainstorming conversation, venting session, and general catching up. I spent the rest of the day working on a new illustrated map for work. I’m really into maps and designing them, so this is a great project for me. I have to design a map that will showcase the neighborhood and community around an upscale apartment building.
Finding the right map source for reference (such as the above example), getting the perspective, grid of streets and major landmarks are usually the hardest steps for me. Once that is done, I can work on the fun stuff – the illustrations and icons. Since this map needs to feature things to do in the community, my next step is to design some icons as markers.
Hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by,
Sometimes my blog content is dictated by the pictures I’ve taken lately. I never remember to take pictures of us or the group we’re with, which would be nice to share with you sometime. Instead, my focus was on the hunt for more creative shots.
Last weekend, we had a wonderful time at the farmers market with my in-laws, who were visiting from NYC for the week. There’s always lots of bakery, meats, and cheese, but this time of year we found raspberries, beans, beets, cauliflower, and salad greens. I hear sweet corn and cherries should be ready soon.
A tower of wax beans
Some of the most lovely flower combinations I’ve seen, with this variety that looks hand-painted or tye-dyed
Flowers displayed in some cool wood crates (which I have a hard time finding)
Lilies, favorites for my sister-in-law
It was great to see how well the community garden is thriving these days.
We stopped by the Children’s Museum, since it’s right next to the market, so everyone could get a sneak peak at one of my internships this summer. Dave relaxed on one of the dinosaur seats in the lobby.
Life is crazy busy these days with all my graphic design gigs, which is a good thing. But it’s really great to have some down time to go out exploring. I’m already looking forward to exploring at the annual Art Fair on the Square around the Capitol Square next weekend. Thanks for stopping by!
We got up early on Saturday morning to get to the farmers market before it got too crowded. It turned out to be a perfect trip. Luckily, we got there in time to get a breakfast teddywedger (a cornish pasty or meat pie) before they sold out. They have other combinations, but the breakfast version with eggs, cheese and Canadian bacon is THE best!
It was great to see the community vegetable garden has been plotted out and planted.
There was an abundance of fresh-cut spring flowers.
There are always lots of gorgeous plants to put in your own garden.
We don’t usually buy much to carry home, and just enjoy eating our way around and people watching. We always buy 2 monster cookies from the Amish farmers, and our new discovery is the Chicago Mix of caramel and cheese kettle corn from Ernie’s Kettle Corn food cart. It’s so good, we have to buy our own bags so we don’t have to share!
I don’t know exactly what it is about farmers markets that we all love so much. Fresh air. Fresh produce and bakery. Outdoor shopping. Dining al fresco. Bringing city peeps and farmers together in an urban scene. Makes me feel like doing a whimsical illustrated map of our favorite stops along the farmers market (similar to the set I did last year).
Thanks for stopping by!