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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Farmers' Market still life

                                      Array of citrus at the Jacksonville Farmers' Market

   Today, we made one of our rare treks to the Jacksonville Farmers' Market.  Every time we go, we ask our selves why don't we go more often.  The array of fruits and vegetables are a still life of color and shapes.  The best part is that the prices are about half of those in the grocery store and the variety is far greater.  
    One reason we don't go more often is the distance of the market from our house, only about 25 miles, but it seems far since we have to go through downtown; however, our rare visits do make the market seem more special.
                 The market is at Beaver Street and Robinson.
                 It has been in the same location for 74 years and is the oldest
                 farmers' market in Florida.

     Across the street is Beaver Street Fisheries,  Condaxis Coffee, and Andy's Farmers' Market
Grill is on the premises. A lot of food needs can be met in one location.
      Walking around the two covered pavilions is overwhelming.  There is such variety: vegetables, fruits, bakery items, even eggs. I'm never sure what to buy or should I wait for something better at the next vendor.
      Here are a few photos from my visit today:

One vendor's array of fruits and vegetables.  Almost everything is
$2.00 per basket.

This booth had a great variety of dried beans.

Tomato still life

A great variety of bakery goods. Another vendor
had many varieties of home made breads.

Potatoes and onions of many types.

How about some peanuts.  One vendor sold them
already boiled.

   We spent about $30 and took home this:
3 oranges, 2 loaves of homemade bread, 4 ears of corn, 2 small bean pies, 2 onions, 8 sweet potatoes, bunch of broccoli, bunch of asparagus, 2 pints strawberries, a carton of blueberries, a basket of sugar snap peas, and a box of okra.  Dinner tonight, needless to say, was all veggies and fruits.  

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