Monday, October 17, 2011
One of my favorite things in our town is the Farmers Market. We first checked it out one of the first weekends that we lived in our house and have continued to go back nearly every Saturday throughout the summers.
The obvious reason that we love the Farmers Market is that Larry and I both love to cook and love the opportunity to use fresh ingredients. The sad looking (and sometimes moldy - ew!) produce in the grocery store just can't compare.
But since I am the granddaughter of a Maryland farmer, it is particularly important to me to support local farms - even if their fruits and veggies are slightly more expensive than the flavorless, colorless, mushy crap they sell at Safeway. And they should be, since the local farm produce is far superior. You get what you pay for.
The Falls Church Farmers Market offers 44 booths - in addition to the fruit and veggie stands, there are dairies selling fresh milk, cheese, and eggs, bakeries, meat stands, ice cream, crepes, empanadas, wine, chocolate, the mushroom guy, a soap maker, fresh cut flowers, and our new favorite - the pickle stand.
I've always wanted to photograph the Farmers Market and I attempted to this weekend - it's a very challenging environment. The crowded market is not ideal for setting up a shot - I just have to click and go and hope some of the photos turn out. (I had my camera on the wrong setting for the first 10 minutes I was shooting and ruined all the shots of the stacks of pumpkins and strange warty gourds. D'oh.)
But along with a bag of purple peppers, three types of pickles, a package of chipotle buffalo sausage, and a couple of pastries for breakfast on Saturday, I also came home with a few semi-decent photos: