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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

The Farmer’s Market on Wednesday in Newberg Oregon

I am hoofing past the early hour of the Newberg Farmer’s Market with Sender happily bouncing along in the Ergobaby. I am sure he is wondering why Mama is in such a rush this morning. I am trying to get up to the library area to catch the last bit of a performance by the Border Collies International Team. It’s a bit warm out, and I have been walking quickly in my late remembrance of the event. We get up to the plaza near the Chehalem Cultural Center and low and behold I have missed it. I love doggies, and am sad that I will have to wait until their return. That’s ok. We have plenty to explore at this weeks Farmer’s Market, less than a block from where I am catching my breath.

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Behold the musician of the week, Bryan Podwys, gaily strumming away on his gold and brown-leaf appliqued guitar. He is happy, therefore the crowd is happy. I love how that works. We hang for a bit and enjoy the dollop of tunes landing in the grassy square. It’s always so pleasant to enjoy live music wafting through the air as you check out fresh goodies and have nice, easy chats.DSC_0009

We wander past the Saint Joseph Acres booth and all of their splendid looking veggies. There are a lot of gorgeous tubers and onions to choose from. There is a cute couple engaged in tasting and conversation. They seem to be relaxed and enjoying the palate of colorful earth treats spread before them. I take note of the “No spray”, and “No Chemicals” wording chalked out on their colorful sandwich board. Good to know when you are toting a little one, or if prone to allergies.DSC_0010

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DSC_0016Our longest stop of the afternoon ends up being at the Daily Ranch Soap Kitchen. Kim Chai the owner, artist, and soap maker started back in Honolulu in 2012. She is a small woman with an air of intense strength about her seemingly soft presence. She is very passionate about her art and enthusiastic to share how she creates. She has many different types of handiwork on display and we chatted a bit about each

 

 

 

 

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First Kim Chai Designs, her clothing line made of up-cycled material, sewn in various quilt-like patches, has a colorfulDSC_0015 touch of painted design. She creates stamps and adds the paint to the fabric. It’s remarkably kaleidoscopic with a strong Pacific Islander theme. There is no one article alike that I can pick out. It’s a very lively line of dress for men and woman. I explored the rack with a bright smile from the genuine aura of the clothing. She also has paper bead jewelry and some vibrant and well-made pincushions.DSC_0021

We talked about her Goats Milk Soap and bar lotion. I sampled the Plumeria lotion bar and found it lovely. I just had to get some. As we were about to move on, she mentioned the current need of a seamstress. So, if you know anyone, maybe you could get in touch with her.

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We said goodbye for now, then shuffled on down to hang out with Carolyn of the Polka Dot Palace. She had quite a few garden art pieces going on.

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DSC_0036 They were amusing to look at, and I was inspired by her use of crusty leather belt buckles as decor hangers. She held on to a vibrantly colored bouquet of flowers the entire time we engaged. It was charming as she fiddled with each stem. She was a total dear heart, and I could guess she was very happy to take part in the market festivities.DSC_0035

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was again time to scoot along, with much enjoyment to be had, hanging out with Casey Corum at Casey “Rocks” and Dark Amber Gold Honey. He is such a pleasurable guy to talk to. He’s got the look of a discreet Viking with his flash of fire-orange hair, speckled with the wisdom of earthly time, and crystalline-lens eyes to compliment the rock spread before him, an altar of sorts, with a bit of honey as the precious offering. He’s been at the Farmer’s Market for 6 years. He has all sorts of rock jewelry to choose from, and the wrapping is quite unique. I have a stepdaughter, that on occasion also creates these neat stone wraps, that do impress me, but I have yet to engage in such a craft myself to provide a deeper appreciation. I look at them in clement awe of the time spent.

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I sampled his Dark Amber Gold Honey, although a bit of a winded title, it is the perfect description. It is deliciously smooth, and I purchased a jar to share with family during an upcoming camping trip. I am excited to partake in the sticky delight with them.

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I made a final drop in at Tom’s Pies, to grab a few gluten-free chocolate-chip peanut butter bars that Nathan and I both love, when I stumbled across Shannon. She was getting some homemade apple pie for lunch. We grabbed a picnic bench, kindly shaded with a canopy, where she spent more time adoring Sender then getting to her beloved pie.

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It was a sweet, “sing-songy day” with nice people and tasty goodies. We’ll be back around next week for more music, smiles, and tantalizing taste bud treasures all around.DSC_0040

Newberg Farmer’s Market July 20, 2016

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