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Friday, June 18, 2004


Picasso @Daley Plaza


where one can buy some delicious fruit at the Farmer’s Market


or in less than two snaps snap up some salacious peas…


where Picasso’s models grab a smoke and some veggies
before the afternoon session…


MiniRant: although I wholeheartedly love going to the Farmer’s Markets around the City, I am chagrined that the *farmers* are selling FLORIDA TOMATOES! And, those *Michigan* strawberries I bought and wanted to eat for my lunch!?

If they were from Michigan, I’m from Costa Rica! You can’t fool a girl who grew up with the real thing! Those watery, tasteless blobs were enough to drive me straight to the sugared-cinnamon-pecan booth!

At least here, the Nut Guy (yes, that’s what it says on his card…) was making them right in front of you. AS ADVERTISED, people…

all photos Bonne Marie Burns

11 responses to “Friday, June 18, 2004”

  1. Knittykim says:

    That is my absolute favorite sculpture. I grew up in Glenview and we would take the train into Chicago. Walk around, hit Marshall Fields, eat Frango Mints, go to the museums, but I was capivated by that sculpture. I could sit there and just look at it. What is it thinking? What does he see? Ahh…memories. You have Florida Tomatoes? I live in Florida and get someone elses tomatoes. Conspiracy!!!!!

  2. Mary says:

    I love these photos!! Pablo himself couldn’t have framed them any better. And the two grande dames lined up so obligingly for you. I’d practically given up on fresh tomatoes anyway, but I hadn’t realized that even the farmers’ markets import their blobs?!

  3. froggy says:

    Wow, those pics are great. They are just waiting for frames. Looks like a great market. Sometimes it is a little wacky with the fruit and veggies sometimes. I do love market shopping though.

  4. Liz H says:

    I also bought some of the strawberries from the market, mine too were so sour and waterwy I couldn’t eat them.

    You really wonder sometimes whether or not they really grow their own veggies and fruits.

    There is a couple that’s at the Farmer’s Market at the Fed Plaza on Tues that grows their own veggies. They do alot of oriental veggies, all types of lettuce and different types of tomatoes.

  5. Bonne Marie says:

    Cool! I’ll be on the lookout for them – I’ve seen that market – also by one of our fab sculptures, the Calder!

  6. ann says:

    I cannot believe that produce is crossing state lines to get to a farmer’s market. that is somehow disillusioning :(

  7. Dani says:

    In my area of NC, the local paper always does a feature on the Farmer’s Market a week before it opens. They show plenty of photos of the farmers in their own fields and mention their specialties in the article. As for tomatoes, so many people here grow them in their backyard that they are begging you to take them by the end of the summer!

  8. Bonne Marie says:

    It sounds like a conspiracy theory doesn’t it?! But I am all for anything edible that comes off of the farms of Wisconsin, Indiana or Michigan. Those are some fine fine vegetables and fruits – it’s the long imports from California, Florida, etc. that irritate me.

    That means all these guys are doing is going to the produce market on Fulton Ave. and buying boxes of stuff just like a grocer, then setting it out as homegrown…

  9. maria says:

    I live here in California now, but spent about a year and a half in Schaumburg (IL). What I find weird is that I could get California-grown produce cheaper in Illinois than I can get it here. Unless I’m going to a roadside stand. I remember they had some Crenshaw and other melons for about $3 each at a supermarket out there. The same melon here goes for $1/lb… and that usually means about $8 a melon. It just doesn’t seem fair. LOL

  10. Rose says:

    At the greenmarkets in NYC, things are regulated; the farmers are *not allowed* to sell produce from other parts, or that they didn’t grow. (There might be a tiny loophole, but that’s the gist of it.) I think consumers find it surprising to have to think seasonally — like, wait, you mean all I can buy is lettuce and radishes?

    But it’s like a movie or a mystery novel or something — I *love* how new stuff appears every time I go, until by the end of the summer there is an enormous range of foodstuffs.

  11. Tracey says:

    OH my dear Bonne Marie! Me thinks perhaps you need to come and visit me here in Sunny Upstate NY! We would go to Frog Pond Farms which is just up the road from my place. It is a great local farmstand where most, if not all the produce is grown locally, as in, you probably know who grew it. Here you can sample the goods before you buy them, grab a peach to eat while you shop. Heller’s strawberries are in now. Or if you want you can drive a piece up the rode and pick them yourself, $6 a basket. Everything has great prices and looks so fresh. There are four greenhouses, with veggies, perennial, annual, and herbs. There is a sand box with Tonka trucks and shovels with kernal corn, not sand, for the kids to play in. There are soft, fuzzy, baby chicks to pet. One of my favorite parts is the human calculator, he is one of the owners. He adds your produce up calling out the prices as he does so, without the aide of anything electronic. He’s faster that a calculator and accurate. It’s a great place.

    P.S. The strawberrie’s from Heller’s are fantastic this year. My daughter and I just went last Saturday and picked two overflowing baskets full. I washed and sliced and froze most of them. Next time we go picking it will be for jam.

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