Tuesday, October 16, 2012

farmers' market

Buying groceries in our old Chicago neighborhood was a challenge. The closest market was over a mile away and when you don't own a car, it may as well be the moon. Especially in January. Brutal.

We eventually resorted to buying groceries online, which has its perks for city-dwellers, but required a lot of planning (not exactly my greatest strength). At any given moment, we would have at least eight cans of tomatoes in the pantry because I was paranoid we would run out. Discovering you are out of an ingredient in the middle of a recipe almost always ends in disaster. Have you ever tried to make chili without tomatoes? It just doesn't work.

And finding decent quality produce in Uptown? Forget it.

In California, however, I am in produce heaven. Heaven.

Not only is there a grocery store on the next block, there is a weekly farmers' market in the plaza of our apartment complex. I don't even have to cross the street. Amazing!

And for the first time in my life, we have had fresh flowers in the house for three weeks straight. It's the little things, guys.

I want to eat it all. And I plan to.


  1. Oh goodness! I've never had a desire to live in california, but just that produce reason alone, may sway my decision... haha!

  2. Well, welcome to California! It is quite lovely here isn't it? (I live in San Jose, about an house south of you.) I'm glad you've found a farmer's market so close! We have several around here on different days of the week, so we are lucky, but I figured it was because we're in the suburbs. I had no idea the rest of the country wasn't as farmer's market friendly haha. ; ] You take gorgeous photos by the way! Truly beautiful! And is the view from your apartment really that amazing (as seen in your post before this one)? That is very cool if it is and I am thoroughly jealous. I need to get out to San Francisco again soon--it's been too long!

  3. I love the farmers market!! you took some awesome photos!

    andrea brionne

  4. these photos are great! makes me want to go find some fresh food asap :)

  5. That's so amazing that the farmers market is right out your door. Love the photos.

    xo erica

  6. Oh how I long for California to be in my life, a permenant "wake up here" part of my life.

    This post just helped me get an inch closer. That and your beautiful photos.

  7. your photography is so stunning. :)