To Market ~ To Market

Although I am not ready to give up my flip flops just yet, this cool, crisp Autumn weather has put the vim and vigor back in my step and infused a little "let's get out and go" to my senses.  We have a charming little farmer's market out here in the country but I had heard about a market in "the city" and decided to check it out.  And we were not disappointed.  The 'South of the James' market is located just inside Forest Hill Park in Richmond, Va. and has become the place to go for local goods. The park is a historic 105 acre urban park and there were lots of strollers with dogs in tow. The fall colors of Autumn's bounty were everywhere including our beloved pink.

Bobby G. and Ben quickly found our breakfast.....the  gooiest best cinnamon sticky buns. We made short work of one and bought another for Sunday's breakfast. They have an online site if you want to check them out.  grammyos.com

Entering the top of the market, you are greeted by the soulful old style blues of Markiss Blowfish.  Various street performers and music are plentiful and puts an extra little step in your walk.

Gorgeous pumpkins and gourds, warty and bumpy and in an array of fabulous colors.  I picked a white one with just a hint of orange and  gray green one for my Thanksgiving porch.

 Now I have to confess I have never cooked a turnip in my life but Momma did and I loved her turnip greens with chopped up turnips in them.  I wonder if I can talk her into cooking some for the Thanksgiving groaning board.

Huge sweet potatoes were sold by this vendor.  I love to just pop one in the oven, baking it until soft.  Let it cool, cut into rounds, top with a mixture of sugar, butter, cinnamon and pecans and pop back in the oven for a bit.  Yummo!

Yep....you know I had to buy a few sunflowers for a Fall arrangement.  Love their happy faces.

This lady had made some fabulous fall wreaths, mostly from dried hydrangeas.  There's that pink again!  :)

You really can't tell in this photo, but these were the biggest green beans I had ever seen.  I bought a pound and later that day, tossed them in some olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them.  This has become our new favorite way to serve these morsels of green goodness.

Guess what else I bought?  Our Thanksgiving breads.  Who could resist chocolate zucchini,  walnut pound cake and pumpkin pecan?  I won't tell if you don't that I didn't bake them myself. :)

 The same booth, Rockahock Farm, also made the very best cheese straws I had ever tasted.  Now, I have to tell you I am a connoisseur of cheese straws and crackers.  I make my own.  But these were the cheesiest, of someone else's I had ever tasted.  I forget to take a photo of them before we had devoured most of them, eaten with a bowl of brunswick stew.

As a rule, I don't buy clothes at a farmer's market, but please meet Irina of Imagine That designs.  She had the most gorgeous hand crafted, repurposed sweaters I had ever seen.  I wanted so many of them, settled on the gray leopard print one and plan on buying the pink one.  Her designs were spectacular.  She used vintage cashmere sweaters combined with newer prints.  I oohed and aahed.  She doesn't have a website yet but you can find her on flicker here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginethat-tm   If you see something you like, just email.

Big Steve of Barham's Seafood furnished and manned the raw bar at our wedding party.  Coming from the Eastern Shore and the coast of North Carolina, he offers the freshest and best local seafood around.  His tall crab cakes are to die for. At the wedding party his oysters and shrimp were devoured so fast I never even got one.

Have you ever had a Stayman's Winesap apple?   They are hard to come by in these parts and in our opinion are the best eating apple around.  Crisp and juicy and best eaten really cold, they are the best.  These particular ones were huge. Bobby G. was delighted to find them and gladly paid the steep asking price.

This artist was after my own heart.  How could I resist, with a blog and website called The Vintage Nest, this charming painting?

Happy Pink Saturday

Thank you Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for allowing me to be a part of Pink Saturday.  I am off tomorrow for my usual treasure hunting and then home to prepare dinner. Guess who's coming coming to dinner?  another blogger.  :)  Have a wonderful weekend.

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Ineke Original said...

Fantastic pictures!
Happy Pink Saturday greetings from Holland,
with love,

Maggie said...

I so enjpyed wandering around the Farmers Market with you today, the pumpkins and gourds are outstanding.
Happy PS.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Pink Saturday weekend! What a fun outing! I love the pink hydrangea wreath! Have a wonderful weekend with your blogger friend.


Tamara Jansen said...

I sure WISH we had a market like that close by! I want to try get one going in the greenhouse/retail store one day.....just so I can live close to it :)

Gabriela Delworth said...


See? I really, really, really have to get myself to Virginia...
A must in 2012!


Susie Jefferson said...

Great photos and those sweaters were brilliant! Love the painting too.

Hugs & Happy Pink Saturday from the UK!

suesueb said...

Your pictures almost make me feel like I was there! Looks like a wonderful market!! Hope you have fun tomorrow and tomorrow night~Happy Pink weekend!

Unknown said...

Happy Pink Saturday Lynn, love the post, did you notice the guitar player had named his guitar "Beverly"? Nice tribute to our Beverly of PS. Hugs and Happy weekend! Marilou

J.Rylie.C said...

So pretty!

Would you please visit my PINK too? Thanks a lot!

Unknown said...

Thanks Lynn, for giving us this stroll through your day. I found every thing to be so interesting. Our farmers markets are very short and have been done with for some time already! I need to move south! What a great day you had..I'm jelous! :)
and what a lovely painting..someone has some real talent.

Betsy Brock said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun! I think I have had to buy something, too! I made chocolate zucchini bread this summer and it is sooo wonderful!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, This looks like a great market. The sweater is so cute and the chocolate bread looks heavenly.

dana said...

OMG...I think I would have considered myself "died and gone to heaven" if I ever attended such an awesome market!! What a great place!! I love those sweaters, too, Lynn....and I will be dreaming about cinnamon rolls for hours now!!

Great idea to buy that bread for TGiving!! I won't tell!

HPS.....L, Dana

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great picture you got and the sweater...A fun day! I love going to our downtown flea Market!


Glennis said...

Oh, this all looks fabulous!! From the musician with the guitar named Beverly (Hey, our own Beverly!!) to the winesap apples, the handcrafted clothes, the raw bar, the delicious veggies and the beautiful wreaths - WOW!

I love the re-emergence of farmers markets in this country. So much great artisanal riches.

happy PS!

Shirley Wright said...

What great pictures..and thank you for allowing me to stroll through the market with you!
ZHave a great weekend.

suziqu's thread works said...

I cam here via Marilou - what an amazing Farmers Market! So large!
Downunder where we live we grow the majority of our own food, have fruit trees, chooks and angora goats and today we pickled turnips which we grew in our garden.
Happy Pink Saturday.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Lynn.

Wow! Wow! Wow! What an awesome market. I sure wish I could have heard Markiss play and sing. He clearly likes "Beverly".♥

I love turnips cut up in turnip greens, too. But, I love turnips even more cooked alone. I cube the turnips, and lightly brown in a bit of olive oil with finely chopped onion. Then I slowly simmer in low-sodium chicken broth. I let them cook until tender. I don't often use salt, but you can season to taste with either salt, pepper or a tiny pinch of sweetener. I add white pepper and a pinch of equal - I don't want mine sweet, but it does help smooth out the flavor.

SImple and Serene Living said...

Thanks so much for sharing your visit to the Farmer's Market with us. What a fabulous one you have. Would you believe I have never eaten a turnip? My dad was a POW in WWII and ate nothing but turnips for 11 months. So he didn't allow them in the house. As an adult I have just never tried them. Maybe I will have to soon.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Lynn your pictures are just beautiful! I am so not ready to give up my flip flops yet either but your pictures are making me love fall!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Lynn Sweetie...
Oh my gosh what a gorgeous share. You know how I love to travel on the road with you. You find the most quaint places to visit.

This farmers market is SO grand. I love the sweaters repurposed as well. Can't wait to see you in yours.

Now you know me and flip flops as well. We are still having those 100degree temps so mine will be around a LONG time yet. I hate the thought of Fall shoes.

Happy to have a new computer and be back blogging. One month out of commision felt like a life time. Hope you are well sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

P.S. Please stop over and see my latest find. She was $40.00 - you won't believe it.

Tricia said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time - I love fall Farmers' Markets. The crisp air along with all the fresh produce just makes you feel all smiley inside : ) Great photos. Happy PS!

Margaret Cloud said...

Well I can see you covered that market and missed nothing. I thought those green beans looked pretty big. This was such a nice read and the pictures are a bonus. Thanks again for taking us along on your wonderful day. Happy Pink Saturday.

pinkkandy said...

Oh!Happy Day! Pink Day; that is..and late as usual ....I will spend most of the rest of this week-end skipping all over blog land...God Bless You All..and I mean really bless you!

Sue said...

Now THIS looks like a farmer's market should, Lynn! I like to see other things besides just veggies! LOL
And oh my- I would have loved those ooey gooey sticky buns, too! xo Sue

Beach House Living said...

Thanks for the virtual stroll around the market.

For the record I'm not ready to give up sandals and flip flops either.

Lynn said...

Noooooooooo! Don't give up your flip flops!
Now THAT is what I call a Farmer's Market!

LBP said...

There is something magical about the sights and smells of a Farmers Market in the fall! I love Farmers Markets anytime of the year, but especially in the Fall.



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