Go not gently into that dark winter

Posted: November 19, 2013 in Food, Nature, Photos
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The days are getting colder.  Vegetable colors fade from brilliant reds, peaches, blues and oranges to more muted colors. Fruit becomes less soft, more crisp and crunchy. But during the last market a few weeks ago, produce made its last, colorful stand.  I bought squash, apples for yet more applesauce and other end-of-summer goodies and enjoyed the last warmth of the season.


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien


“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
― Mark Twain


“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”
― A.A. Milne


“I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food”
― Erma Bombeck


“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto


“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

  1. First I must say those concord grapes look so good. They are hard to find in NY. Next my mother was eating clams when I was little. I wanted to taste them. She told me they were alive at that point I saw their little bodies squirm from the lemon being squeezed on them and choking on hotsauce. I have eaten stuffed clams but avoid the half shells. 🙂

    • Concord grapes certainly aren’t as common as “regular” grapes, are they? Are you in NYC? I know there are quite a few grown in New York state. As for clams/oysters, I prefer mine cooked, too.


      • I’m in Queens. If I got into Manhattan I may find some. I loved the concord grapes. A friend of my grandmother had grape vines. She had green, red and concord. But that was close to 50 years ago. Sigh.

  2. we are food explorers too, not all discovered things are tasty but at least we have a good laugh, even when we failed :o)

  3. Nancy Power says:

    Yummy photos (makes me want to make soup now) and wonderful quotes. Thank you, you have brightened up my day!

    • Nancy, that’s a comment I always treasure, especially when the days are getting shorter and shorter. 🙂 I hope the rest of your day is just as bright.


      • Nancy Power says:

        Awh thank you! It is in fact a GLORIOUSLY sunny day here today. I hope to take a photo at lunchtime because I need to share this autumn sun with you all! I would prefer to be out there with my dog but alas I am stuck in the office – so that is why your post made me happy!

  4. Hard for an artist to top the beauty of a farmer’s market vegetable stand. Thanks for serving up such a delight

  5. Janet, I love, love your market trips! What gorgeous photographs. Brilliant close-ups. And the quotes are perfect. The crispy and crunchy radishes caught my eye! And there’s a sweet purple haze that runs through the gallery from top to bottom. Really lovely! So you bought apples? What kind? T.

    • I’d bought some Jonagolds earlier at a grocery store and they were so delicious (and already are two kinds of apples), that I’d bought over 18 pounds of them, then gotten a huge batch of mixed types of apples at another store a week later (at $.49 and $.39 per pound), so when I got to the market and there was a bushel of Jonagolds, I went with those again. I don’t add anything but a bit of water, so the apple taste really comes through. I’d been missing my farmers market apple guy, Buster, from Cleveland and I now feel better…and have a lot of applesauce in the freezer, too.

      There was so much color at this market (at the end of October) and then the market decided to go for two more weeks. The last week, the colors were more greens, browns and oranges with a bit of red apple color thrown in. Those colors will have to last me through spring, as this market doesn’t go indoors as the Cleveland one did.


  6. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    Lovely, Janet… I especially like the grapes and raspberries… you captured the colour wonderfully.

    • Thanks, Helena. I’m glad you dropped by. I like your new gravatar, BTW. Did you give up smoking? 🙂 I wanted to indulge in an orgy of color before going into the mostly pale beauty of late fall and winter, so I splurged. I’m happy it worked.


      • Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

        As a matter of fact, yes — it’s been nearly a month! I smoked solidly for years, gave it up, and then was one of those “occasional smokers” falling off the wagon on a monthly basis — so now I’m quitting being an occasional smoker — too easy to start with one and then end up with a pack…

      • Good for you! As “they” say (whoever “they” are): You go, girl!!! Go away from smoking and never look back.

  7. Such beautiful, vibrant, and yes, fresh vegetables. A very timely reminder that each season still has plenty of delicious flavors to offer, if only we open out eyes to new possibilities. Autumn is my excuse to gorge on Brussels sprouts, and after venturing to purchase a whole stalk for the first time last year, I’ve found that I actually love eating the stalk itself, too. Pare away the tough exterior and the core is tender and subtly sweet, almost like hearts of palm.

  8. I’m definitely more a fan of the summer fruit and vegetables but it’s also nice to eat winter produce, like squash, apples and citrus. It adds some variety to my diet throughout the year.

  9. Wonderful pics of all this healthy fare. 🙂 I love the Mark Twain quote,. Maybe he was right. 😀
    here’s the link to my new blog. The hammock lady is no more. 🙂

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