Monday, July 13, 2009

kerplink kerplank kerplunk

The theme at the market yesterday was Blueberries and Bluegrass. The festival atmosphere continues, with so many items containing blueberries, demonstrations and workshops, activities, free samples, pony cart rides, living history, and consistently excellent live music played throughout the three-hour market.
Winter reading Blueberries For Sal to a group of
little folks as they all munch free blueberries.

We've been there often enough that there's a steady stream of friends and acquaintances with whom to chat, starting with the vendors and market masters who stop by for something from the bakery to start their day. Up next are the customers who come every week, without fail, and are becoming friends.

Then there are the surprises, the people who stroll by on their way in, the ones who just happen to be old friends, not seen in years. It happens almost weekly. Yesterday's surprise visitors (ChrisO and family! Aimee and family!) arrived at almost the same time and I couldn't believe how much fun it was to see them all in such a happy place.

Blueberries and bluegrass sock yarn, dyed by Mocha's Fiber Connection,
special for the weekly theme.

Then there are the String Thing folks, who I bump into in the market area as we all get our shopping taken care of and then we settle in near the stone wall, in the shade of the barns. Then the people who stop by the String Thing to chat because they used to knit or they've always wanted to learn to knit or they're just starting or they just want to see what we're making.

The cow bell rings to signify beginning and end of market hours and the place clears out quickly. Leah and the other junior docents at the Nathan Hale Homestead were beginning to map out this year's corn maze after their market events ended, so I enjoyed the quiet time on a bench in the kitchen garden.

It's official. I like my new camera.

At the beginning of the season, when I mentioned that we would be at the farmers' market every Sunday, June-October (and now, continuing as a winter market through February -- yahoo!), a friend responded that she didn't know if we were blessed or cursed. At that point, honestly, neither did we. Now, I think the answer is clear. There's definitely no curse in being able to do the work you love, surrounded by fulfilled family members and people who enrich your life, in an environment you enjoy and where learning opportunities abound.

p.s. The Fail in previous blog post has been corrected and should be finished (well, the knitting portion) later today!

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Blogger amy said...

When I saw the title I figured you had been blueberry picking this weekend too! Our copy of Blueberries for Sal fell apart. We need a new one, hardcover this time!

6:44 AM  
Blogger Rani said...

Fun weekend! Beautiful weather - you've captured it nicely with the new camera!

That blue yarn is GORGEOUS!

7:39 AM  
Blogger J said...

I do plan to get down another Sunday, possibly with Steph and we can spend some time knitting with you.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Ami said...

So good to see you and Leah last week. We'll be down on the shore this weekend, so I'm going to miss the cookbook swap! ack! I have so many to be freed of, oh well. If you see a "grains and beans" type book, snag it in my name, and I'll have the perfect excuse to visit.

ps who is that sock biter? so cute!

7:46 PM  

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