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Weekend Farmer’s Market Pics

I’m really happy about how my parents, having been paleoish now for going on a couple of years, probably, have followed the same path as I. Now they’re into farmer’s markets, grassfed beef, pastured eggs & so forth.

After a fairly late dinner and cards with friends, I didn’t hit the sack until 1am Friday night. Nevertheless, up at 7 and feeling like I could easily get another 1-2 hours, I headed off to Modesto to meet up with my dad. That was 1 1/2 hours in the car. Then we drove another 100 miles down to Fresno to visit The Vineyard Farmer’s Market. It was small, but nice in variety — unlike a lot of others that are vendor after vendor of fruits & vegetables. This one had two grassfed meat vendors and a pastured egg vendor. And an artisan sausage vendor. And a coffee roaster! For a pretty small FM, excellent variety in covering all the bases.

Also I’m really loving my new camera. Just took delivery on a new lens more for outdoor work. So here we go. If you click on the images you get higher quality but the same size.

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Pastured Eggs (the chickens eat bugs as supposed to, not 100% vegetarian)

This final one was shot in my parents’ back yard after we got back. Some tree is blooming and the bees are taking advantage of it.

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

10 Comments

  1. Christoph Dollis on March 7, 2010 at 02:21

    Awesome post and pictures! Thanks for sharing.

    Good on your parents for dragging you to a paleo-lifestyle.

    😛

  2. Alan on March 6, 2010 at 18:20

    What a special time you must have had with your parents. Cherish those moments!

    I went to two farmer’s markets today. One was in downtown Jacksonville FL under a bridge. The choices, in my opinion, were meager. Although I did get a dozen free range eggs and a chunk of fresh raw goat cheese–for pet consumption only. 🙂 It’s pretty darn good.

    The second, located in Neptune Beach, was a bit closer to my home. The selection there seemed much better. I bought another dozen eggs–the women asked to bring the carton back next week if I’m able. I will be. 🙂 There was no meat or goat cheese. Though, I did see one vender selling soap made from goat … if only I used soap. heh I left there with a butternut squash, brussels sprouts ( like in your photograph ), broccoli, and a few other things that I can’t think of at the moment. I also purchased a bag of dried kale seasoned with cheese and other spices from a raw food vegan.

    I took a detour on the way back to the beaches to a health food store. I intended to pick up a pound of packaged ground lamb and a packaged ground beef. To my surprise they had fresh grass fed beef. I bought a few pounds of ground chuck and a couple of ribeyes. I also found a couple of fresh green coconuts. My hope is to make some coconut kefir–an idea I got from reading huntgatherlove.com.

    All in all, today turned out to be a pretty productive food day.

  3. Owen on March 6, 2010 at 19:10

    Great pics Richard…has me jazzed for FM season.
    What type of camera are you using? Those images are really sharp.
    Cheers!

  4. Lute on March 6, 2010 at 19:41

    Had a fun day with Richard, starting out with ham and eggs, then drive
    down to Fresno. I bought a couple steaks and ground beef (grass fed)
    also got some swiss chard and 2 doz. pasture chicken eggs. The blossom
    with the bee is a peach tree blossom. Great pictures of some really
    nice veggies.

  5. Bay Area Sparky on March 6, 2010 at 20:07

    In much of Cali, spring has sprung. Glad you had a soul-satisfying day.

  6. Future Primitive on March 7, 2010 at 06:59

    I ended up waking up pretty early this AM, so now that I’ve seen your pics, I think I’m gonna head out soon and see if Marin Sun Farms has any stock chickens (much cheaper if you’re making stock). Hopefully, they’ll have some chicken livers as well – haven’t seen any in months and months it seems.

    That, and I might just have to get the ‘ol macro lens out today and do some bug hunting, myself.

    -Jay

    • Future Primitive on March 7, 2010 at 09:21

      Just made it back! Turns out, Marin Sun has a “chicken stock” package that is loaded with parts. Prather Ranch had a chicken head package as well, so I grabbed that. Should make for a rich gelatin, I reckon. Both had chicken livers, so I stocked up. Lots of pate in my future.

      Also, I had an idea to ferment some thin sliced fennel bulb (with some other appropriate flavors added) – a science project, if you will… figuring it would be tasty alongside some porchetta. Could be a disaster. Can’t wait.



  7. Organic Gabe on March 7, 2010 at 07:07

    The Farmer’s Market nearest to me is about 21 miles but well worth the trip.
    Great pics, Richard.

  8. Rachael on March 7, 2010 at 19:59

    I used my new yak tracks today, in the ice, snow and slush of Minnesota. Just saying. (Enjoy your flowers and bees, is all.)

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