Happy August 1st everyone! The Hudson Farmers Market on Saturday was a true visual feast. With all this heat, things have been growing like mad. The tomatoes overflowing in so many of the stalls. Live music wafted about as I went from vendor to vendor filling up our two L.L. Bean bags with bounty for a week of guests and entertaining. So many of the displays like works of art.
Whether you can them, use in a tart, pickle them, creatively use in a cocktail, or just enjoy looking at the beauties in a silver bowl, the diminutive Seckel pear is in season and if you can get your hands on a few, do. Many vendors at the Hudson Framers Market had cases of the pears, I saw them on Saturday at the Market and yesterday the grocery store had a big basket of the pears–they are out & about in force. Intensely sweet, both in taste and to enjoy visually.
We arrived back to Seattle late last eve. I am sure the TSA folks must have gotten a good chuckle when they screened our checked bag. All those little white pumpkins that were on the picnic table outside, a bag of Seckel pears, a bag of acorns picked up by Mister Sive on his walks, and bag of Hawthorne Valley farm store bagels, a loaf of Mimi’s Little Ghent Farm bread along with jam and chutney she made with the Italian plums from our tree, and apples galore from the farmers market on Saturday. The piece of luggage came in just a tad under the 50 pound allotment. Comical when we opened it up, a sort of farm stand homage. Here is a look at some of those incredibly beautiful apples the Hudson Valley is famous for. Like little works of art.
There they were, bucket after bucket of them. Such unexpected beauty. Incredible stalks of flowering Brussels sprouts. We went to the Hudson Farmers Market in search of apples of a crisp, which we also found in spades, but this took the top prize for the wow factor. A big stalk came home and was our arrangement on the back porch, where we had a fire roaring the whole day. We feted my friend, author Lisa Birnbach, on the 35th anniversary of her best-selling book, The Official Preppy Handbook. She drove up from the city for the day with her partner Michael, to hang with us at Hawthorne. The flowering sprout looking over our group as we chatted & laughed the afternoon away. Beauty abounds, we just need to keep our eyes open and be on the look-out. Tonight we will roast all the Brussels sprouts from the stalk. Best 4 bucks we have spent in a good long while…
It has been quite a run for the dahlias, and even though the season is not quite over, I thought a little Saturday dahlia love was in order. A Saturdahlia if you will. Thank you London designer Ashley Hicks, who I am borrowing the phrase from. It seemed perfect for the day.
This time of year the bounty of tomatoes is something else. Tomatoes are one of those things I could photograph every day, as well as love seeing how other folks capture them on social media & magazines. There is a simple beauty to the shape, color, size and variation to each. More than taking pictures of them, I adore eating them. Just as they are, adorned with a pinch of sea salt, or mixed with a variety of things to make a healthy meal. Little works of art they are.
If it is a Saturday, most likely I will need a stroll through the sumptuous visuals of the Pike Place Market or some other produce market as I find them so inspiring. To witness the fruits of so much labor. To surround myself with beauty. The Hudson Farmers Market was my treat the other day. TPS was off listening to his sister sing in a classical performance, and since pooches are not allowed, Bailey & I went on a little adventure. The market is just off famed Warren Street. Produce is king, but I also picked up a yummy herbed chèvre & kale quiche that was out of this world for Sunday lunch. The people watching is just so good–I could meander for hours watching people mill about. I find it all so relaxing and entertaining. But within a very short time, my L.L. Bean bags was pretty darn heavy with corn, white peaches, plums, tomatoes, apples, green beans–fixings for healthy meals in the coming days. Here is a visual stroll for your enjoyment. I love having you all along. Ahhhhh, the colors…
I promised apples, and today, apples it shall be. On Saturday the lovely Hudson Farmers Market was just brimming with apples in so many delicious shades & varieties. Each box, crate, and basket a still-life just waiting to be enjoyed visually. It was all I could do to contain myself and not take photos of each and every one. But I did capture a few that I thought you would mightily enjoy–their beauty undeniable. The bounty of the season.