No fat pigs at this local market - mostly fresh plants and veggies with some other local awesome products thrown in! A cop-out, I know, for a blog post. I mean, is it even possible to take a bad photo of a Farmer's Market? I actually wanted to take my new digital SLR as I have been relearning how to truly shoot photos again. But, it was raining and thunderstorming all morning, and, I grabbed my little Powershot on the way out the door once I saw the skies clear slightly and the yard sale post on Craig's List announced the sale scheduled across the street from the market was being converted to a "porch sale" instead of being canceled due to the weather.
Rainbow chard, followed by a stunning cluster of daisies, scallions and my favorite flower, Calla Lilies! I made sure I had at least one of these gorgeous deep plum Calla Lilies in my bridal bouquet and I did not want to put it down all day!
Vendors sell from all over the little state of Rhode Island but I am especially impressed by these folks who grow everything right here in the city of Providence! They do impressive community work too. You can check out their web site at Southside Community Land Trust.
I am spoiled here in my local neighborhood by the fact that this bakery is an 8 minute walk from my house! Those yummy treats, flavorful sandwiches and that AWESOME Kalamata Olive Bread (bottom pic above) is available to me every day, not just the Saturday mornings of the Farmer's Market.
People are very friendly and patient, and, in case you are wondering why this is not yet all-out chaos, the photos were taken moments before the strict 9:30 AM bell that chimes when actual money exchange can begin. By 10:00 AM the place is hopping, and, you'd better (as I did) grab those strawberries fast as they are often gone by 10:30 from all vendors.
Tomatoes too, in this New England climate, are a delicacy that should be sought out and snatched up close after that 9:30 bell! Not all vendors have them and look at those mouth-watering varieties above!
And that yard sale? Yup, I got there a little later than intended (I went BEFORE I snapped the other pics though, I'm no slouch!) but I still found some goodies. A great box of vintage Bradford ornaments for my wreaths, a Gurley candle, more stacks of vintage magazines to keep me occupied for hours, and, this awesome vintage metal giant egg mold! I cannot decide if I will sell it or keep it. I sort of like it. What do you think?