Farmers Market Update: Amnesia

by | Jan 31, 2009

collard leaf

First off, I would like to apologize for getting this post up so late. I brought my camera to the market today, but unfortunately it was missing its memory card.

So yeah, both my camera and I were experiencing memory dysfunction.

In a lot of ways being camera-free was liberating; my shopping was easier and less hurried. But I do regret not getting a picture of the cherry blossoms from Hamada Farms.

As an alternative to authentic farmers market pictures, today I opted to bring my purchases home and try out some new photo equipment I am experimenting with. This project took all afternoon, and the rest of the evening I spent editing and writing.

Please let me know what you think about these photos. I am considering using more images like this at Summer Tomato in the future. (Don’t worry, they won’t entirely replace my regular farmers market pictures).

I think the images of leafy greens are particularly cool because they look like dendritic arbors of neurons, which is what I work on in lab every day.


Today the market was beautiful. It was calm and not at all crowded, but I could feel winter winding down. The sun was bright and almost warm.

At the stands there were only a few lingering winter squash and more delicate greens are springing up everywhere. Pomegranates cannot be found at all (new cereal topping ideas anyone?) and even the citrus selection is less diverse than it was a few weeks ago.

Spring is on its way!

Today’s purchases:

  • Trumpet mushrooms (Far West Fungi)
  • Romanesco (Dirty Girl Produce)
  • Ruby chard (Star Route)
  • Pink pomelo (Paredez Farms)
  • Naval oranges (Hamada Farms)
  • Blood oranges (Hamada Farms)
  • Meyer lemon (Hamada Farms)
  • Baby artichokes (Iacopi Farms)
  • Collards (Capay Organics)
  • Gold chard (Capay Organics)
  • Treviso (Capay Organics)
  • Kiwi (Four Sisters Farm)
  • Rosemary (Chue’s)
  • Italian parsley (Chue’s)
  • Garlic (Chue’s)
  • Espresso Temescal (Blue Bottle Coffee)

I would love to know what you think about my photos! And FYI, the scientific glassware is a pet project of mine, I didn’t get it at the farmers market….

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9 Responses to “Farmers Market Update: Amnesia”

  1. Katie says:

    Wow, the pics are really cool! Funny how something so normal, or so ‘regular’ can look so different when in a studio-ish setting. I approve =)

  2. Zachary says:

    Pictures easier to look at and I think are better if you want to point out something in particular about the item. I do like having the farmer’s market pics around though. Makes me almost feel like I was there.When it comes to dendritic armors and scientific glassware, you are a total nerd (don’t worry I approve).

  3. Mike says:

    I do miss the regular market pictures though. Maybe we should email you on Fri night to remind you?!

  4. Matt Shook says:

    The next time you find yourself unable to take pictures at the farmers market, I expect to see hand-drawn (pencil/pen/crayon) renderings of the various produce. Sure the production value may not be at a level this blog is accustomed to, but it’ll add a creative/personal touch that will be unparalleled… ;)I like the new photo style…very sharp and clean, yet also a bit ominous. To me, the photos seem to scream “science!” I’m a sucker for macro-lens shots, although when shooting food you typically want to avoid any ambiguity…unless it’s a very unflattering fruit/vegetable. I must add that producing a blog like this takes a lot more effort than most people realize…you should be commended for all your hard work.A few cereal topping ideas of current seasonal produce…if you can find them in your area: blueberries, d’anjou pears (cubed), clementine tangerines, or kiwi slices. I’m fairly spoiled up here, PDX has a lot of green thumbs.

  5. Karen says:

    @Matt- I’d love to see her draw FM pictures, great idea!!Seems like some of the Citrus was petering out at my market this past week, can’t wait to see whats next!

  6. Darya Pino says:

    @MikeThey will be back I promise! There is no way I will make this mistake again.—–@Matt Thanks for your advice. In fact I was intentionally trying to make the images look science-y for a segment on my new site I am designing, so I am actually glad that is what you came away with.I also very much appreciate your appreciation of the time I spend doing this. With maintaining this site, building a new one and that whole PhD thing I got going on, I pretty much work 90 hrs a week at about $0.20/hr). But it is all worth it for you guys!!I will not be drawing vegetables for this site in the foreseeable future, but thanks for thinking I can!Pears sound like a great cereal topping. I tried kiwi and it was ok, but I prefer my kiwi on its own (the crop right now is to die for!). We can only get blueberries here in the summer, so I have actually been using the frozen wild organic ones from WF or TJs, but it is way less enjoyable than my pomegranates were. I have never considered citrus on cereal, maybe I will have to give that one a try.—–@KarenThe first fruit of spring is usually cherries, but those are a while off. I did see some cherry blossoms this week though, so that is a good sign!!

  7. Matt Shook says:

    @DaryaI’m glad your so committed to putting forth a first-rate blog/website. Be careful not to burn both ends of the candle too much…everything in moderation, right? ;)@Darya, KarenI was be facetious about drawing the fruits and veggies…as cool as it would be. Ha ha…

  8. Hillary says:

    Great farmer’s market purchases. What are you going to make with those mushrooms?

    I like this photo style!

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