Saturday morning is my favourite time of the week. We sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and then head out to the local farmer's market, hot coffee in hand. With any luck, market day is warm and sunny, but not to hot.
I love everything about going to the farmer's market: the bustle of people, the piles of fresh picked fruits and vegetables, and the farm stands of late summer flowers. Everyone, it seems to me, is in a festive mood. It is a family time, with small children in strollers and the family pet on a leash. In the air there is the smell of chicken kabobs sizzling on an open grill, and fresh baked pies and pastries.
There are bargains to be found.
And free samples to try.
Even the shopping carts are much more creative than the ones you find at the grocery store.
It is not just the immediate sensory delights of market day that I enjoy. It is knowing the pleasure my purchases will provide throughout the coming week: the fresh herbs that will flavour our food, the green beans I will steam and the drizzle with butter, the ripe peaches that will make a delicious dessert and the bouquet of flowers that will grace the table.
Is it any wonder that it is my favourite day when the most stressful part of the morning is deciding which flowers to choose?
Did you notice the interesting, phonetic spelling of the word 'bouquets'?
Did you ever play with snapdragon flowers when you were a kid?
Of all the flowers, it is the dahlias that wow me every time.
It is hard to choose just one bunch to bring home. Maybe I'll pick the pinks and purples this week.
Today, I will link to Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time. To see other great garden's please click the Tootsie Time link.
On Monday, I will link to Lisa Gordon's Creative Exchange. To see some beautiful photography, please click the Creative Exchange link. On Tuesday, I will link to Sweet Shot Tuesday at the blog My3boybarians.