Friday, December 30, 2011

Proctor Farmer's Market- Hibernating for the Winter

A couple of weeks ago, Daniel and I decided to make (yet another) change to our diet.  We are going to try to buy as much of our produce as possible from local farmers.  We also want to make sure it's sustainably grown and organic.  Thankfully, we live in an area where the land is rich and produce is plentiful- even in late fall!  Having made up our minds in late November, we found out that there is one farmer's market in Tacoma that runs much longer than the others- the Proctor Farmer's Market.  At the time, we had two weeks left to visit the farmer's market, and we wanted to make the most of it!

Now, you may be wondering what this all has to do with this blog, that is- with my photography.  Well, the first week we went, of course we bought some delicious food, but I was especially struck with how beautiful it all was!  I knew that the following week, I would need to bring my camera.

What you see here is the result of that.  I brought my trusty Norbert (that's the camera's name), and asked permission of some very friendly farmers to photograph their beautiful wares.  This has definitely made me excited for March, when the Farmer's Market opens up again!  It has also inspired me to create a new line of prints and cards, under the title of "Edibles."  I'll be updating this blog, my web site, and my Facebook page as new images are available.

Carrots (Little Eorthe Farm)

Delicata Squash (Zestful Gardens)

Carnival Squash (Zestful Gardens)   

More Carnival Squash (Zestful Gardens)   

Oh, how I wish I remembered the name of the gorgeous pumpkin!  I oohed and ah-ed over it for some time, but I guess that's not helping me to recall its name.  (Zestful Gardens)

Beautiful lettuce, whose name I don't remember!

More squash, of which I cannot recall the name.  (Zestful Gardens)

Potatoes (Zestful Gardens)   
Of course, I didn't attend the farmer's market alone!  I was accompanied by my wonderful husband (whose legs you see on the left below) and my sweet dinosaur boy, Milo.  He loved walking up and down the little Farmer's Market street and flirting with the female farmers.  :)

If you'd like to buy any of these images as prints, you can now order them online from my new "Edibles" gallery

Special thanks go to Little Eorthe Farm and Zestful Gardens for letting me take these photos of their hard-earned crops.  I am excited to go back to the Farmer's Market in the spring and snap some more shots of what's growing on their farms!  And "thank you" to those who are reading this, too.  Let this be inspiration to you to go out and find your local farmer's market and see what beautiful things are growing near you!

~ Kathryn

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