Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Summer Vegetables


Who can resist the wonderful vegetables available in our farmer's markets?  One of the sweetest treats is to walk through all the stalls and choose yummy fruits and veggies grown by our local farmers.  Our city has a whole block allocated to these wonderful farmers that work so hard.  It surrounds a city park. 


Families bring their children to play while they shop.  There is even a Kettle Korn stand to tempt you.  Bread, honey, soaps, flowers and other assorted venders are available as well.




The colors in the market are so vivid and promise great nutrition.







They say we eat with our eyes first.  I must say, this is a feast for all of my senses.  Does your area have a farmer's market that you enjoy visiting?

The new LOVE sign has just been installed in the park as part of the Virginia is for lovers theme. 




  "What The World Needs Now Is Love"
(originally by Jackie DeShannon)

What the world needs now is love sweet love,
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
What the world needs now is love sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.

Lord we don't need another mountain, 
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb,
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last until the end of time

What the world needs now is love sweet love,
It's the only thing that theres just too little of,
What the world needs now is love sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone

Lord, we dont need another meadow,
There are corn fields and wheat fields enough to grow,
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine,
Oh listen Lord, if you want to know

What the world needs now is love sweet love,
It's the only thing that theres just too little of.
What the world needs now is love sweet love,
No not just for some, oh but just for every every everyone.

what the world (whoa whoa) needs now, 
Is love (is love) sweet love 
What the world ( oh oh) needs now 
Is love (is love) sweet love 
What the world (whoa whoa) needs now 
Is love (is love) sweet love


Dear Lord, Please let it begin with me. ♥









41 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite songs, Martha Ellen. I recently reposted it on my Facebook page! We have several farmers markets in our area throughout the week. I especially love visiting the farmer's market when we are vacation.

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    1. Farmer's markets are one of my favorite places to visit. I am amazed at the bounty that is displayed. This song has always meant a lot to me, but especially now. ♥

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  2. That's an amazing love sign --and truly we all need more of that. Your farmer market photos are beautiful and what a wonderful experience it must be to shop there each week. It sounds ideal, surrounded by the park and children playing!

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    1. Dotsie, each city has their own twist on the Love sign. I really like our town's. It's sure a great reminder, if we have eyes to see. ♥

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  3. I love to shop at Farmer's markets..

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    1. Krishna the markets are unique to each area. It's fun to see what grows locally when we travel. I bet your's is great! ♥

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  4. Such beautiful photos of your colorful and enticing local bounty! Your farmer's market looks lovely! Ron's sister and her husband are farmers. They have a farm stand in front of their house and we enjoy buying produce from them. I am eager to go to get some pumpkins and gourds soon, along with sweet potatoes and butternut squash. (Can you tell I'm thinking fall?)

    Indeed, love is a powerful thing!

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    1. Cheryl, you are lucky to have farmers in your family. Their numbers seem to be dwindling. There were a few gourds at the market last week. I'm thinking like you about autumn! ♥

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  5. I have not made it to the Farmers Market this yr. Matter of fact the only home grown tomato has been little grape tomato's....I planted a mater plant, it got a couple of blooms and then they fell off! haha....I think it got too much rain.

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    1. Pam, we have really had a lot of rain here too. It really makes me appreciate the elements that farmer's have to endure. Too much rain, too little, etc...♥

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  6. Hi Martha! Oh, I love to visit farmer's markets and buy the good veggies! Now I love this song and it is exactly what we need right now. Thank you for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Aren't they the best, Shelia? It's one of the best things about summer. Have a great day. ♥

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  7. The fruits and veggies grown by our farmers are wonderful. I appreciate our farmers so much. The Kettle Korn sounds Yummy, and the bread sounds good too. There's just nothing like home grown tomatoes, is there? We have a farmer's market in town on Tuesdays, but it is much smaller than this one. Martha Ellen, I wanted to tell you that this song "What The World Needs Now Is Love" is one of my very favorites. It is a beautiful song, and thank you for sharing it. It is just perfect to hear with all the chaos that is happening in the world right now.

    ~Sheri

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    1. I knew my blogging friends love this song as much as I do. We are kindred spirits, Sheri. Our farmer's market has grown over the years to a rather large one. We have a small market stand about a mile from us that we go to when we just want to pick up a few things. It's run by lovely, hardworking folks that we like to support. Yes, love is a powerful thing that each of us has the responsibility to spread. ♥

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  8. What a joy to come along with you on your visit to the Farmers Market, sadly we have nothing like this locally. It is the one thing along with vegetables from my own garden that I miss. The vibrant colours are a delight.

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    1. I do hope you are able to grow your own vegetables next season. It's a wonder of nature for sure. ♥

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  9. First of all I have to say that I love that song, so beautiful. We do have lots of markets here but not special farmermarkets, certainly not in the nearest village to our home. On our holidays to England and also France we frequently visited these markets but in our own country, no I only know a few of them.

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    1. Janneke, we have had the pleasure of going to markets in Europe as well. They are really like no other! I remember them fondly. First off they are enormous and so beautiful. I'm glad you enjoyed the song. It's what we need, my friend. ♥

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  10. Isn't the farmer's market a delight! We have one here that is open on Thursdays and attracts a huge crowd! Produce, crafts, and food stands. I like that song too, Martha's Ellen. I think we do need meadows and mountains, but not more politicians or news reporters.

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    1. Judy, we have meadows and mountains that would do well not to be developed into more shopping centers, subdivisions, etc. This song was written in 1965. The world has changed a lot since then. ♥

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  11. Yes, we have some Farmer's Markets and I enjoy browsing through the beautiful produce. Tomatoes are $3.99 a pound. Yikes! I'm limiting my tomato intake this year. No summer really to speak of so not good for lots of things from corn to potatoes.

    The song was a blast from the past...seems I can see a variety of singers performing it on the variety shows of the 1960s. Such classic themes never go out of style.

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    1. Vee, I guess the high price of tomatoes in your area is because the season has not been favorable. My daughter said her heat came on the other day. Boy is that a shocker for August.
      This song sure reminds me of what we need more of. Sending you hugs, my friend. ♥

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  12. Oh I love Farmers Markets so much!! These are wonderful photos and everything looks so nice and fresh. Awesome new love sign too. Hope you are having a good week.

    Blessings,
    Jill

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    1. Jill, our week is going well with cooler temperatures that really makes me happy. Windows open in August is quite odd for us. Thinking of you at this tender time. ♥

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  13. What a beautiful farmers market. I go to one that's held in a mall parking lot! Oh well. Love the song!

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    1. Jean there is a farmer's market in a surrounding county commuter lot. It's a wonderful thing to be able to buy local produce wherever we can. ♥

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  14. Yes, Jackie De Shannon and do like that song, gonna have to dig through some of her oldies now.
    I went to a few markets and some are just so much higher in price this year it seems. I wish I could have found someone who sold butter beans by the bushel and I would have bought some to can or freeze.
    betsy

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    1. Betsy, it is so hard to find butter beans now. I love them dearly and would love to have fresh ones. In the past they have always been expensive. They would be wonderful to have in the freezer. ♥

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  15. How I would love to stroll around your Farmer's Market and come away loaded down with so many delicious, fresh, local veggies of every sort and colour. I do miss a good farmer's market {ours is full of crafts and hand made things, but very little local produce} Great photos of it all, too! ~~~Deb in Wales xo

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    1. Deb, it's so nice to see all of the beautiful produce at our market. The earth rewards us with such yummy food. It's quite humbling when I think about it. Have a great weekend. xoxo ♥

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  16. You're so right about LOVE! The produce looks wonderful and I was hoping to get to the Farmer's Market this weekend, but some of that nasty Harvey rain showed up. Hopefully, next week. Have a wonderful holiday, my friend, XOXO

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    1. It's pouring here as well, Susan. I bet you'll be baking something wonderful in your kitchen today. Enjoy your holiday weekend, my friend. XOXO ♥

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  17. I love visiting open air markets especially at our Capital city! The veggies here look so delicious, I would have probably bought more than what I needed. ~smile~
    Love this song, Love is needed now more than ever! Thank you for sharing.
    Have a blessed Labor Day weekend.
    Sue

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    1. It's easy to buy more than we need at the market, Sue. More fruits and veggies are good thing. Thanks for stopping by. ♥

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  18. Oh the beauty of those veges! Just read on Cathy's blog that you are taking another trip to ENGLAND, how fantastic! I have not been, it's hard to believe I haven't as I've been an Anglophile all my life. If I ever find a house and barn sitter, I'm going!

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    1. Jeri, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a sitter. Although, you may not want to come home. It's a magical land indeed. ♥

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  19. I do like all the sheep in your header photograph.
    I also like the words from this song ...

    So nice to see all the vegetables, they look gorgeous.
    I hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day Weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan, the sheep in the header are from Sizergh Castle in the Lake District of your beautiful England. I took this photo two years ago.
      I hope you are well and enjoying the approaching of Autumn. ♥

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  20. I quite agree about going to the Farmer's Market! We did that last Saturday and I really enjoyed it. I bought corn and green beans, processed and froze them up. We also have a bowl of tomatoes and I picked up some pretty cut flowers! I've always loved that song and we truly do need more love in this world.

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    1. It sounds like you are going to have some wonderful meals when winter comes! It's nothing better, Liz. I knew my blogging kindreds would agree about this song. Have a nice evening, my friend. ♥

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