Farmers’ Market – Naples

My favorite Saturday morning activity is going to the Third Street South Farmer’s Market. This is a small farmer’s market, only about a block long. It is in Old Naples, about four blocks from the beach and is in one of the up-scale shopping areas. It caters to tourists and natives alike – and there is something for everyone.

Us snowbirds and the tourists are just beginning to arrive so it is a delightful time to walk around. The temperature is low, the sun is warm and there isn’t a lot of people.

A local caterer was giving out samples of a zucchini sandwiches. I got so engrossed in taking pictures of her fresh vegi foods that I forgot to try it. I’m glad I’ll have a next time.

Many of the small local deli owners set up tables and sell their specialties – and there are lots of good foods prepared to eat as people walk around. This morning we had the third best scone I have had, the best being a scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam in Bath, England and a whole wheat scone in Oxford, England. And here at the farmer’s market so many, many delights for the senses and lens.

pottery with fishes & turtles, shells that are candles

smoked fish and cheeses and farmers with vegis

cleaver little dishes with knobs for grating

ethnic foods, kettle corn (oh so good)

basket weavers selling baskets

soups, tarts, doggie treats

herbs fresh and dried

loofah sponges

flowers

Farmers Market Morning

 

I love September and this September morning I decided to go to the farmers’ market downtown. I feel September. There is a calm that I feel – maybe I sense that the trees are doing less work as they stop photosynthesis. They look tired, but in a good way, like the tired after a good day’s work. If I had young kids they would be back in school. There is a quietness of September, a settling down.

This morning was cool, still below 70, and the sky was very blue (low humidity), and the sun was very warm. Perfect. I stopped to pick up my daughter and couldn’t resist taking some snaps of her zinnias. This is the first year she planted them and only the pinks came up. I like the pinks best!

Zinnia in Sharon’s Garden

The next one posed in front of some ornamental grass that is going to seed. Nice interest without being too busy.

On to the farmers’ market. This is the first time this year that I walked around just for the joy of seeing what is there. Before I would just pop in for blueberries or peaches from the Blueberry Farm people, Ken & Janet. Their peaches are finished but I bought some wonderful pears and apples.

Blueberry Farm – Ken & Janet

I always buy from them because they handle their fruit with such gentleness – Janet hardly touches the peaches as she picks them up. I once received a lecture when I told her she could put two fruits in the same bag. Oops.

I wonder way they call this eggplant. They don’t look anything like an egg and they aren’t layed.

Eggplant

Swiss Chard & Kale

Sunflowers

As I was uploading photos for this post I realized I didn’t buy anything that I took a photo of except the apples and pears. But we are having sweetcorn and tomatoes with our supper, I am going to make some zucchini bread, and I just had a piece of toast with cone honey. Yummy. Did I say I love September?