Friday, January 21, 2011

Hummingbirds and the Farmers Market

The hummingbirds are now coming pretty often after getting a new feeder...

... and right now I'm working on a way to photograph them with good light and less movement.

We went to the Sierra Vista Farmers Market to check out what they had to offer...

... and unlike the Saturday Market in Eugene they are open on Thursdays but like the Eugene Market they had a pretty good selection of meat.

There were not many arts or crafts but this gentleman had some great buys on pottery.

I always enjoy seeing the colorful people at Farmers Markets, in fact, I think these markets gather some of the most inspired and inspiring people in their communities ...

and like the art walks I go to they are people not satisfied sitting at home and watching TV.

They did have a good customer turnout and a good variety of products...

... these folks used to own a restaurant in town but now do the Market circuit ...

... we bought some grandma's dill with mustard pickles and some fresh peppers and a few other thing from them.

Copper River Salmon was run by a couple who get the salmon in Alaska then vacation in the Southwest

Copper River Salmon are High in Omega-3 Oils. The Copper River flows in the state of Alaska. Almost 300 miles in length, this wild rushing river empties into Prince William Sound at the town of Cordova. Salmon that originate in these pristine waters are challenged by its length and its strong, chill rapids. Consequently, Copper River salmon are strong, robust creatures with a healthy store of natural oils and body fat.

There were several booths that touted co-op farming...

... and had some great looking veggies...

... that were as colorful as some of the people at the market.

Fresh eggs anyone and some berries on the side.

Backyard gardening is always popular and is a growing trend.

"Growing your own groceries is taking over homes and communities. A recent survey by the National Gardening Association shows a 19 percent burst of new hobby country farms and urban edible gardens over the last year.

With this growing trend, gardeners and small space backyards are coming up with new ideas to make the most out of their growing area."

Icicle radish is new to me but was great see I really liked the look of these.

Like most markets there was a place to eat with a great choice of food. Sharyn and I settled on a Chili Relleno that we ate in the Musemobile.

Some other stands were "The Killer Bee Honey" stand ...

... and the Tucson Tamale shop...

... but my absolute favorite was "The Soup Sisters."

Quote of the Day ~
"The fight to save family farms isn't just about farmers. It's about making sure that there is a safe and healthy food supply for all of us. It's about jobs, from Main Street to Wall Street. It's about a better America." ~ Willie Nelson (American country western singer)

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