Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Eugene Saturday Market

The Eugene Saturday Market takes up three blocks in downtown Eugene on Saturdays from Spring to Fall. We drove the mini-Musemobile (the Honda Odyssey) to downtown Eugene and found a great parking place just in front of this Prowler in Willamette street. One half block and down an alley from the market.

At the end of the alley looking down the street there were flower and veggie booths on both sides of the street. The very first booth had some great cut flowers and as you can see the turnout was great.

We got some of the green beans seen in this picture. This one block was all the organic edible and floral booths. On the other side of 7th street were two full blocks with the clothes, food-ready-to-eat, psychics, trinket makers, tie-dyed and hemp clothing type places. We stuck to the veggies and flowers side of the street today

As you can see there is a great variety and almost if not all of the veggies were organically grown and on local farms and gardens.

There were some wonderful flower stands with everything from the common to the unusual flower varieties.

I love the displays, they are very old world orderly but still creatively gorgeous.

I still look across 7th street to see what's happening in the right brain part of the world and liked this backing on a stand that sold clothes and may even tell your fortune if you asked.

Across the street to the East is City Hall and a gathering place for free spirits and tired shoppers . There was even a band playing raggae music.

...and there are more wonderful veggies, some long and leafy...

....some round and marbled...

... and all are neatly stacked and very fresh...

...even the flowers look so fresh you have to believe they were growing here in the market until two minutes before you arrived and cut just for you as you approached.

As I said the market was crowded as usual and it was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky or doubt in my mind this was fresh veggie and flower heaven.

We bought some veggies like I said green beans, tomatoes, fennel, onion and even some Cherry Chocolate bread. We did however stop at PC Market (Grocery Store) on the way home and I got this picture of an Eugene city bus passing while waiting in the car.

Scrabble Score = Scrabble Queen 329 - the very very close Contender 328

Quote of the Day
"Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale." ~ Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian born French Fashion designer whose use of accessories and dramatic colours enlivened the fashion scene for 40 years. 1896-1973)

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