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I don’t know if it’s because I grew up on a farm, but I’ve always been drawn to the farmers’ markets.

In college, my roommate and I would go to the market on Saturday mornings for fresh flowers. And to scope on the hottie farmers.

After college, I worked long hours, I didn’t have time for my own vegetable garden. So I depended on the farmers’ markets to feed me.

Every new city or town in which I’ve lived, I’ve sought out the local market.

Now that I live in Albuquerque, I’ve found a great community at the downtown growers’ market. I’m grateful to have been on the “inside” for the last two summers, helping Sandra sell her delicious food and drinks. But now I’m sad – the last market of the season for us was this past Halloween weekend.

So no more of this adorableness greeting me each Saturday morning:

That’s Helen, Patty and Sophia – their booth was next door to Sandra’s, so they spoiled us. A LOT.

And no more visits from the fine Lewis Casey (sans his sunflower head you might be more used to seeing him wearing):

All summer, Lewis brought treats from his garden for Sandra and me – peppers, figs, pomegranates! Thanks Lewis!

It was a busy fun day, so I didn’t get a chance to get photos of everyone. But a big thank you to all the farmers, in particular, Viva Verde Farm, Chispas Farm, Amyo Farm, and Dragon Farm. You guys fed me all summer, so thank you! And thanks especially to Sandra for two very fun summers in a row. I’m going to miss your farm bowl, girl!

I managed to get a shot of the pet costume contest:

Haha, bulldogs dressed as tiny sharks – people are funny with their dogs!

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here!

Hello pinto beans, and happy Saturday.

I usually post Monday through Friday, not on Saturdays. But there was a full moon lunar eclipse last night, and I read that during the days surrounding an eclipse, you should concentrate on doing what you love. Even if it’s only for a little while.

I love writing, I love photography, I love fresh vegetables.

And I LOVE this time of year. The farmers are back! I’m supposed to call them growers, I think, it’s the Downtown Growers’ Market. I’m partial to calling them farmers though.

Rainbow chard is so photogenic, isn’t it? I say that with full awareness that this photo is not great – this particular booth was busy. I went back later to take more shots, but they were sold out. Which is great – I’d rather have people actually eat the stuff than me try to capture its inherent beauty.

Edible Calendula flowers from the good guys at Viva Verde farm’s booth. They offered me one, but I said nah. They’d be great on a salad, though. I should’ve taken one to tuck behind my ear.

One of my favorite local bands, Three String Bale. That’s Bard on the left, Sarah, and Tom. Bluegrass music makes the world a better place. Thanks guys!

It wouldn’t be New Mexico without Chile peppers.

I don’t know if everyone shares my love of farmers’ markets. When I was in college, I used to go every Saturday. There’s just something about seeing piles of fresh vegetables that makes me happy.

My oldest brother might say, “Blehhhh” to this picture because he hates beets. But I love them! I cook them in the most ridiculous way – in the toaster oven. It’s true. I trim them down but leave the skins on, put them in tin foil, and coat them with Olive oil, and a little salt and pepper. Then I pop them in the toaster oven for about an hour, depending on how big they are. The skins peel right off when they’re done. So easy.

Last week for a pool party, I sliced them and added a dollup of chevre, put toothpicks in them and served them as an appetizer. They were delish. How could they not be when you start with vegetables that fresh?

I couldn’t leave the market without a bouquet.

I loooooooove the bouquets at the Downtown Growers’ Market. There’s one guy who lives in the North Valley and his bouquets are amazing. He made special mention of the maroon Bachelor’s Buttons. Pretty cool.

My favorite part of the market is my friend Sandra, who serves Farmers’ Frito Pies and fresh teas. She was really busy this morning, but here’s a shot of her from last summer:

She fed me all last summer – I’ve never felt healthier. Her Frito pies are amazing. She serves them in an oriental food take-out container. She starts with lightly seasoned Pinto beans, then adds a layer of Basmati rice seasoned with Tumeric, then pours a Red Chile Calabacitas over the top. Then she adds some Sunflower seeds, a little Olive oil, some Cilantro and Frito chips on top. It’s a really great way to start the morning. Thanks, girl!

I think that satisfies my eclipse duties – writing, photographing, fresh vegetables, great music, delicious food, a blue, blue sky and gorgeous flowers. And it’s not even noon. How lucky am I?

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