Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Morningside Farmer's Market




This morning, Gillen, Jesse and I got up at 5am to go help Nicolas at our farm stand in Atlanta. This picture doesn't do Nicolas' produce justice. I didn't have much time to sneak away from my post and take the picture and I only caught half of the stand.

If only I were better at going to bed early I could do this all the time, if the kids could hang in there every week. I was sooo spent when we got home. But it did feel good to hand the vegetables over to appreciative customers, some of whom have been coming since the beginning of the market - twelve years ago. And I like the weekly "celebrity" chef's cooking demo (don't get to see it, too busy - but I love that it happens). We get to sample what they have created, using the farmers' vegetables. Today's chef, Dave from 5 Seasons Brewery, brought Nicolas a big bottle of beer brewed in his restaurant. I am drinking my half as I type. Mmmmm. Goot think it's so easy to fix beer inspireed typoos!

One guy, whom I recognized from years ago, heard that Gillen likes to fish. He went to his house and returned with a case filled with lures and hooks and gave it to Gillen. Gillen was thankful but was most excited by this man's lesson on how to skin a catfish. It involves nailing it to a tree. (!) Apparently we would have come upon hunter types even if we lived in the city. You just never know what you're going to learn, nor where.

I was surprised by how well Gillen added up customer's totals and made change.

Nap time...


At the booth next to ours is a wonderful woman from Ecuador named Gloria who brings a table and quality watercolor paper and paint, and for a dollar lets kids paint with her. I think that years ago Gloria may have helped to inspire Gillen's love of art. Aren't you inspired by Jesse's trend-setting black sock fashion statement? He is big into this pulled up sock look lately.

At the end of the market, while Nicolas searched for his keys, the boys decided to try meditating.

8 comments:

Danielle said...

Wow, selfish me is so loving that you're spending more time online these days! I love catching such beautiful glimpses into your lives. (Next time, though, do try to get some better photos of the veggies. You know I'm all about the veggies. *eg*)

Madeline said...

I know, I know! You and the homesteading ring are the reason I posted about the market, and then I got sidetracked by my non-veggie perspective. I am adding more pictures (the few i took) to the post now and will take more at the farm and at the stand soon.

Sara said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

A fabulous, romping, full-flavored post.
(If ther was an email I'd mail this privately) I'm going to add you to my links because I really like your blog.
Also I mentioned you in one of my posts today (poisonwood bible) I hope you don't mind.
Stephanie

Madeline said...

Another cool Stephanie in the world. How will I tell you two apart? Thanks for the link! I loved visiting your blog.

Kaat said...

You lead a charmed life, and coming here and finding new posts is a great thrill. Thank you for sharing! Katrien at blog.bolandbol.com

Madeline said...

kaat, I cannot leave you messages on your blog but I have been. It's too bad the comments devise isn't working.

kelli said...

Sooo wish we were closer, would looove to bring home some of your veggies or flowers! Everything looks so beautiful and yummy. :)