Saturday, June 20, 2009

Farmer's Markets

Our town of Newmarket hosted its first Farmer's Market today.

Everyone was in a happy mood,
with fresh local produce,
and the sun was shining, at last.

I was there to help Joanna, the first apprentice at New Roots Farm, sell beautiful fresh food -- beets, radishes, lettuce, bok choi, garlic scapes, Swiss chard, and some herbs. The market was so successful that most of the produce was gone by mid-morning.

Joanna and I sported the new t-shirts designed by Farmer Jeff.

Back home, after the market, with the sun still shining the pollinators were busy in the perennials. The comfrey, in full flower, is hugely popular with bumble-bees.

A lovely Eastern tiger swallowtail flitted between the comfrey flowers.

Comfrey is a dramatic addition to the garden. It grows quickly, when cut back it re-sprouts easily, and it is a magnet for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other colorful garden creatures.

As a follow-up to yesterday's post -- Charlotte is feeding on a deer fly that she trapped in her web, wrapped in some sheer silk, and I believe is now sucking the insides dry. Her newly created egg sac of yesterday hangs nearby.

Happy Birthday to Spicebush Log for my 100th post!


  1. Happy 100th! And that farmer's market looks wonderful! I can't wait until ours opens, which isn't until the second weekend of July.

  2. Happy 100th post! They've been enjoyable and educational. And I hope my neighbors read the one about the smell of laundry done with fresheners, or whatever they're called......

  3. Thanks Deb and Ken,

    You are among my blog mentors - nice to have you as blog pals :-)

    Cheers, Ellen