i simply cannot resist going to the farmers market. i do grow quite a few tasty things but there is this very sweet young couple at the market who are growing beautiful fruit and vegetables. Their stall is full of colorful piles with charming, hand-lettered cards labeling all their mostly-heirloom varieties. It is all so appealing that i completely forget all about my camera until i get home.
This past weekend i spent $4.50 for one tomato.
It was that gorgeous and those twenty-somethings are that adorable. And, i've never eaten and 'German Striped' before It is one of my life's ambitions: behold, breath in the aroma, and taste as many different tomatoes as i possibly can before it's all over.
It weighed 2.25 pounds. It was a meal for two. All by itself. Well...you know...along with "a little" mayo on lovely fresh bread.
Yes. It. was. fabulous. i will always remember that tomato.
Even if it hadn't been terrific it was worth it just to spend time in the company of those happy, young farmers.
They also had little charentais melons rather ugly on the outside (it was kinder not to photograph it) but the perfume was so enticing and the smiles on John and Rachel's faces are so hopeful... They love what they grow you can just tell.
So, of course i brought one home. Given all the recent rain the flavor was a bit diluted but it was still luscious. So very rich and the perfume almost floral. A sprinkling of fresh lime juice set it off perfectly. Here is a lovely illustration from Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply
On the way home i stopped at another favorite farm stand and scored some perfect peaches
i accidentally invented this game many years ago. Tired, i removed my glasses rubbed my eyes and looked up with half-open lids. My surroundings, through the prism formed by my eyelashes+astigmatism+nearsightedness turned into a fascinating kalidescope of colorful, soft forms. And i realized something: noone will ever see this exactly the way i do with these eyes.
It felt very strange in a nice way.
Since then i often remove my glasses just to see what unique combinations my flawed eyes perceive.
My digital cameras let me play with focus in ways i never thought of with film. And i get to share it!
Today's 3 beautiful things: imperfect views of my garden from my bedroom window
While playing with the light rendered in pixels i had a thought. Looking at the garden in this way i don't see any weeds. None whatsoever.