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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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