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Why I Love My City

September 20, 2009

corn silk

It rained today. (Fresh, perect corn, five ears for $3.)

blackberries

Plenty of people still congregated around the stands at the farmer’s market, but throngs didn’t fill the walkways the way they do during hot summer weekends. (The last blackberries of the season.)

yellow potatoes

The extra elbow room was nice. (Yellow potatoes, for roasting.)

peach close up

The rain painted my produce the most beautiful colors. (Delicious, beautiful late-season peaches.)

pizza crusts

In spite of the downpour, folk singers with their guitars were posted like sentinels around the corners of the market. (Gluten-free pizza crusts.)

savoy cabbage

I listened to one woman sing Indigo Girls songs as I bought my carrots and peppers. (Savoy cabbage. For sauerkraut and for eating. The most wonderful cabbage of all.)

purple beans

Fall will be here – officially – in three days. (Fresh Tolosana shelling beans. They cooked in fifteen minutes into creamy lavender-colored treats.)

Fall. I’m ready. My freezer is full of berries, tomatoes, basil, and corn. There’s a chill in the air tonight, and the smell of smoke.

Bring on the squash and the pumpkins. Bring on the apples and grapes. Bring on the vegetables that grow so beautifully here, even late into the winter. Bring on the cranberries.

I’m ready. Where did the summer go? But I’m ready.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2009 1:07 pm

    Phenomenal. That peach looks like a beautiful bottom :) This truly is an amazing time to live on this coast, isn’t it? And 15 minutes for beans? phoar.

    • secretnatasha permalink*
      September 21, 2009 7:56 am

      Yes, it is. There’s something just so life-affirming about this time of year, and this place!

      I was shocked by the how quickly those beans cooked! We ate dinner at 6 because of it (UNHEARD OF for us!)

  2. Lisa Piccone permalink
    September 20, 2009 11:42 pm

    LOVELY!

  3. September 29, 2009 10:38 pm

    Great pictures, the colors are so rich. I want to eat that peach.

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