Coral Cottage South · Gardening

Farm Market Color

 I received a couple packets of seeds for Christmas and ever since; I’ve been dreaming of  my garden plans for this year.  Lush vegetables and colorful flowers and bees buzzing.

Sigh.

This happens every year about this time, the garden dreams start.  Last year was a garden nightmare, no two ways about it.  Hopefully this year will be more successful.

In the meantime, I came across photos I took last February at the local Farm Market that we go to in South West Florida when we are at our home there.  The colors, and scents fill me with such simple happy joy.

On this dreary winter day, here is a little color to lift the soul.  Come, take a stroll with me.

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Yes, there is a dog in the meat booth.  Something a little off about that.

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The food at Taste of Transylvania smells heavenly, next time, I’m giving it a try.

Lots of fresh seafood

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Plants and more plants.  I got nuts wanting one of every plant.

I purchased this Pitcher plant, brought it back to Virginia, where it thrived all summer, until I brought it in for the winter.  Dead now.

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Orchids and bromeliads, a favorite of mine. Palm trees for sale in every size and shape and variety.

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How about that spelling?

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This is hands down the best mozzarella I’ve ever had.  This is always my first stop.

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Love pesto, so I thought I would give this a try.  Not so much.

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This hydro-ponics booth was very cool.

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The market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays, we go both days.

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Lots of Bees and Honey.

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Food Trucks are a big in this area.  Apparently flowers too.

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Mr. Cottage always makes the pink truck one of his first stops.  He loves the authentic German strudel.

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Fresh Ginger grown locally.  I can purchase 3-4 large roots for the price of one shriveled one back home.  Mr. Cottage picks out large quantities.  I freeze it and bring it home to VA.

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Eggplant everywhere.

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Lots of beautiful fresh cut flowers.

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Lots of artist and craft – out of respect I don’t take photos.

Except for this lady with the hand crafted soap.  She actually chased me through the parking lot.  She thought I was a writer for the local paper taking photos to write about the farm market.   She begged me to take photos and write about her soap.  Boy was she disappointed when she found out I didn’t work for the paper.

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This woman looks like she is daring me to take her photo.

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A farm market near the sea, this seems appropriate.

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I know what this is.  Do you?

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See you later,

Bye!

Kim

19 thoughts on “Farm Market Color

  1. Fabulous photos, Kim! Looking at them reminds me of the Seattle Pike Place Market….one of my favorite places in the whole world. So much beautiful produce and many gorgeous flowers, etc. that I could look at for hours (not to mention taste a few things here and there!). Also all kinds of handmade goodness. I especially like your eggplant photos and the sunflowers….I love your photography, friend! Peace to your heart

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      1. You will love that trip….someday. The Pacific Northwest is so gorgeous and filled with a great variety of wonderful people. Put it up high on your list, my friend. It’ll be great for heart and soul 🙂

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  2. Sheesh! Now I’m hungry AND desperate for Spring. I won’t be able to peruse the produce aisles tomorrow in our local supermarket with anything but disdain. But, I thank you for reminding me what is only a few months away.

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    1. I always feel this let down after we have been to Florida, and then I come back home to our produce isles. I wonder why in this day and age of transportation, does our stuff always look like it has been shipped around the world – I know it has, but it looks so unappealing. Buying local and fresh is so much nicer – although it costs more. I’m ready for spring and or a trip to FL. We try to go in February for my birthday, not sure if we will make it this year or not. Keep thinking flip flops and sunny beach. xxook

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      1. Thanks so much Kim! Slowly getting back into it.
        I am so over the cold and winter and want warmth all year long, may end up in Florida one day (permanently). Hoping you are doing well too – xoxo

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  3. Hi Kim! AHHHH all those colors were delightful. My mouth was watering. I was amazed by the great prices! I was also amazed by the Dicon radish. Were you thinking was I was thinking? HHMMMMMMM……….
    The bread looked awesome! LOVE good bread!! Never had homemade mozzarella. I can only imagine how delicious it is! I would certainly eat my way through that market. The pics are a nice treat in the middle of winter when everywhere you look things are dead a dull tan color- UGH!

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    1. Leave it to you to see the dirty sexy vegetables! That big bread was $10.00 a loaf, I mean really what heck was it made with? I was large, but still that is ridiculous.
      It is a nice treat to have all that color in the middle of dull winter Blahs here. Sure hope we can make it for my birthday.
      xo

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  4. This was such a welcome sight-we are at almost 5 degrees here today…I haven’t dared to look at the weather report for tomorrow yet. Is that odd vegetable some kind of ginger-in the last photo? I guess vegetable isn’t the correct word…

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    1. yeah, somebody asked – it is turmeric root. I bought a bunch of it and put it in the freezer whole as it. Then when I want to use it, I take my vegetable peeler, and peel off a bit, chop it and put in my recipe. Brr cold here too, but thankfully not as cold as they said it was going to get. Stay warm. Hugs, Kim

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