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10 July 2017 : Caspar & Mendonesia            jump to this page > > >
Mendocino Farmers’ Market
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And the very next day, the Friday Market in Mendocino hits its stride, with one of our favorite farmers, Bebing, returning with her wonderful selection of berries. We came home with this amazing haul. 

Especially in Summer and Autumn we live in a basket of amazing abundance, and can hardly eat a disappointing meal. Our seven weeks in France in 2016 may have helped us refine our appreciation for freshness, preparation, and presentation, but here on our sliver of western North America, with many local mindful farmers and two markets a week, and a stellar megamart (Harvest), we eat very, very well. 

20 July 2017 : Anini Beach            jump to this page > > >
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Off to the Kilauea Farmers Market at 4:30. Lots of duplication, and a lot of gorgeous fruit. We bought pineapple, mango, watermelon, longan, papaya, avocado -- the ones on the tree in our yard aren't nearly ripe yet. Plus corn and lettuce.

About 16 stalls, and plenty of people coming from all around. The next north shore farmers market is in two days. Farmers Markets are the new big thing here in Hawaii.

Big contrast when we go to the supermarket in Princeville: lots and lots of name brands, but not much alternative choice. Milk and cheese of course all imported, as with the vegetables (but this is true in Fort Bragg, too.)

22 July 2017 : Anini Beach            jump to this page > > >
Ana’ina Hou Organic Market
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We drove up to the market in the same park we walked in yesterday. A beautiful, compact, all-local, all-organic market. As always, I only took pictures of produce; it takes me awhile to remember that Markets are People, and that I need as many pictures of vendors and buyers as fruits and veggies.

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This island is particularly generous with its fruit-growing. Tropical natives from several continents thrive here.


So let's play a game: Name That Fruit! 15 points for the correct name of each of the fruits in the first column, and 5 points for each of the correctly named fruits in the second column.


90-100 : Fruit Master
75-89 : Fruit Monster
50-74 : Fruit Eater
26-49 : Fruit Voyeur
0-25 : Seek help







( hint: mouse-over (be patient; big file!) for what I *think* the names are. )

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The veggies include the staples – we could easily live here, if all the mattered was the fruit and veg – and the quality, given the confounds of growing organic in the tropics, is amazing. Bugs give beet tops a hard time, but here's  perfect basil. And those amazing Hawaiian flowers, so plump and meaty they're almost vegetables.

29 July 2017 : Anini Beach            jump to this page > > >
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5 August 2018 : Caspar            jump to this page > > >

Among our recent Greatest Joys has been the joy of a year-round Farmers Market – TWO in the summer! Here's a sampling of one July Mendocino Market. THANK YOU! Sakina and farmers, for delicious eats.

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22 August 2018 : Port Townsend            jump to this page > > >
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Not a huge market, and very much northern, with a shorter growing season, but warmer here in the 'banana belt' of the Hood Canal. We got here two hours after it started, and it seemed uncrowded. There's also a Saturday Market here, as well as a Sunday Market in Chimicum ... and there's Hamlet in the Park on weekends, a candlelight concert in the Methodist Church tomorrow night, and, our hostess informs, the loveliest old-fashioned movie theater imaginable downtown. Too many restaurant choices, too. 



So we made a big Farmers Market salad and drank a beautiful local cider, and stayed in. More adventures in Port Townsend tomorrow.

25 August 2018 : Silverton            jump to this page > > >
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Saturday in Silverton, so there's a market. This compact little market has a lot of good food, but not much organic (maybe they haven't gotten that memo yet?) and lots of dogs: one woman with three nasty little mutts, a big backpack, a shopping bag, and zero sense of her footprint, knock tomatoes on the ground. "Oh, sorry," she said, unapologetically. 

This little person stoutly denied that her thumb was watermelon flavored.

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