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Farmer’s Market- Lucy in the Sky with Steaks

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An ethereal wavelength of voice cascading from the throat of Melaiah Echo glides along the misty, drizzly afternoon of the Newberg Farmer’s Market. Her sweet inflections add a mysterious layer to the markets ambiance. What goodies will we find in the light fog of the day? Melaiahs’ streaming and poignant melodies are a wonderful pairing for the delightful fare at hand.

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I am enchanted by the endearing disposition of Annie from Dolce Farm & Orchards. Just like her pickles, I can tell she is the bread and butter of this family operation. Her warm eyes emit rays of golden lights of love across the grass at the Farmer’s Market Square. These lights penetrate me and fill me with warmth much like a farmhouse oven full of warm, baked treats. I gravitate to her instantly and can decipher that this women infuses her jams with a deep sense of passion. Homemade and uncertified organic, these simple jars of goodness and their fun labels are a must to be had.

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I instantly decide on the Caramel Pear Butter. I ponder how anyone could possibly resist this concoction and immediately add it to my bag. It has since become my secret elixer, sparingly added to homemade oatmeal or grits it never ceases to entice little Sendy-Bo into another heaping spoonful of warm breakfast. I will be adding more fun flavors to my collection of dainty, jam-magical potions.

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Annie is so kind as to give me a gluten-free brownie before I make my way along the tents of the fruits-of-the-farmer’s labor and local artisan wares. She invites my loved ones and I to her splendid family farm, and we will be taking her up on this cordial invite.

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Twitter-pated young couples and friendly families hang around for an afternoon of coolness, while the ever-life-giving summer sun takes a fortnight nap. I have to agree with this little guy that Cream Northwest is good to the very last drop, even on a cloud-embellished day.

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Saint Joseph Acres never fails to stop me in my tracks at the first glance of their picturesque harvest spread. Strikingly red peppers reach out to grab me, as I fiddle with my camera settings in the adumbral day.

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Fresh picked, iridescent orange chanterelle mushrooms line the tables of Eleventh Hour Productions & Gift Shoppe out of Lafayette, Oregon. I have fancied morels from them on previous visits to this quaint canopy of flourish.

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I turn sharply and there stands the vivacious Jodi Pierce of The Pierce Ranch in Sherwood, Oregon. This woman is strong and straight to the point. She strikes me as the type to kick the bull right back into the ring without even flinching. A tell-it-like-it-is smile, and a strong arm are just the silken-edge of the cornfield when it comes to having a down home chat with this hearty lady. I like her. She is substantial.

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She proudly shows off her two ready-to-help Granddaughters and introduces me to her table.

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She showcases The James Gang BBQ sauce collection and has known Jesse for years. That has got to be an amazing kick of a time, hanging out with those two fine folks, in a future party conversation I could only hope to be privy to.

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Jodi opens a white cooler with a surprisingly gentle hand and tells me all about the available cuts of precisely wrapped meat in clean white butcher paper like something straight out of the “I Love Lucy” episode when Lucy accidently orders a side of beef and stuffs it in every possible crevice of her apartment before Ricky gets home and displays his typically irate Cuban fit.

Steaks, steaks, and even more steaks are shown, as I call for my husband to take a mental inventory. This is his territory. I reluctantly part ways with Jodi, as it’s the end of the afternoon. Branded by her strength of character, I am hoping to brush some off onto my own sense of self.

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It has been another culturally fulfilling day of working on my life degree in the Farmer’s Market, and I am excited to come back next time around. Thank you all for your efforts on repeatedly bringing us the best the earth has to offer.

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On a final note, Sender Bodhi sneaks a few of his sister Melaiah’s tips from the near full jar when he thinks she is too busy singing, but she sees….

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Farmer’s Market August 2016

Farmer’s Market-Dahlias and an Uilleann

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Hello My “Dahlia”, Hello My “Dahlia”, hello my ragtime gal…

The frog in the construction workers lunchbox of the classic Looney Tunes episodes dances through my mind as I gaze upon all of the incredibly diverse Dahlias that Yang’s Fresh Bloomer & Produce has upon display. That frog would never think about living in that blackened old snack tote again.

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Nathan chatted for quite sometime with the owner, Mr. Yang, who journeys with his blossoms all the way from Gresham each week to the Newberg Farmer’s Market in Historic Downtown Newberg. Dahlia after heartily delicate dahlia, bursts from each bucket with a colorfully rhythmic, yet invisible pulse. I cannot help but to be captivated, and I must have a bouquet for my living room. Anyone that knows me, knows I love to have fresh flowers around. I choose a royally purple-cloaked bouquet. It seems fitting for such supreme elegance created only within nature herself.

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Meanwhile, the back of my body is being caressed by gentle Traditional Irish music, as I stand with my silken efflorescence purchase. I turn to discover Pipedance. A charismatic, almost hobbit like couple, Gary and Nora Burman are enchanting me with delightful sounds of penny flute, Uilleann, and the skillful patter of clogging.

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Gary playing the Uilleann

Gary thoughtfully added custom made wooden taps to the soles of Nora’s precision stepping hard shoes to add a more velvety audible tone upon the timber prance stand. They are a gentle couple, soft spoken and warm, true musicians down to the butter toffee core.

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Nathan and Gary mutter music as Nora tells me she is a Cartographer and Wildlife Artist. They are performing twice here this summer all the way from Lincoln City. We thank them for the floating music notes that they poise upon the soft-petaled summer air.

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I need a card for a family member who has recently lost a life long best friend. I know I can count on Barbara and her paper crafts at Cards & More of Dundee. She has many specialty cards that she hand crafts.

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DSC_0025She takes meticulous care in the design and hand outlines to emphasize detail in embossment. The coordinating colors are just my approach. She hand makes each individual card and carries quite a few masculine styles, which can be hard to come by at times. I find what I need and get back to Sender.

DSC_0032We drift along the cool canopies like dandelion parachutes, aweing at brightly colored berries and personalities to match.

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Joshua of Heart2Heart Farms teaches me all about a ladybug house. I just added over 4500 ladybugs to my flowerbeds this summer, and I will be ordering one of these for next year. It’s handcrafted fired clay with bamboo stalk. The ladybugs lay their eggs in the moist stalks and will stay on the property for generations to come of these little red and black bud savers.

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It’s a bit of hot one, and we make our way to say hi to Mike and Helen of Cream Northwest.

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One scoop of earl Gray, and one scoop of Basil homemade ice cream, please. We wait just a moment at the fire-orange truck to find out we get a little extra Basil as it just sold out with us. Score.

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Sender Bodhi commences a childhood love affair with his spoon and stares mindfully into the hay, lost in the floral essence of his creamy dessert.

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Oh baby, telephone, and tell me I’m your own…..

 

Farmer’s Market July 27th 2016

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