Monday, September 24, 2012

A day in late September


 At some point, the merging of the two
was an observance of light
and shadow...

 

of texture and the
letting go of soft edges




Can we acknowledge the changes with grace? 
Just as the coneflower slips
from her magnificence and goes into her next phase of life,
can I too rest in the certainty of my being?


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

This Morning with Bees


Sitting at your level today
on the ground,
I smell what you smell
and feel
the same sun
 warming our backs

 your blurry shape
tumbles
 among late summer
 blossoms

Monday, September 03, 2012

A Market with soul

One of my favorite things about summer in this area is the abundance of Farmers Markets and meeting the people that grow our food.



Recently I caught up with organic farmer Phil Bardell of Chestnut Cliff Farm
 located in Freeport Il.

Phil and I talk about a purple fingerling potato with an interesting shape.



An easy person to talk to, kind and generous, Phil's stand is one of the more popular in the market.

The variety and quality of his produce bring people back every year.



Peaches from Phil's Peach trees and the trusty scale that weighs them.




Just a few spots down is the produce and herb stand run by Cindy and Dave
 from Juda Springs Farm, Juda, Wisconsin.

All of the heirloom tomatoes that I grow for my own use were purchased this year as small tomato plants from Cindy and Dave in early May.

You can be sure that what you find here is the best selection of what they grow, and all without the use of chemicals.
This week there was an abundance of color, from the buttery yellow patty pan squash and fuscia colored chard, deep green zucchini, and who can resist a lovely assortment of sunflowers.





Dave helps a customer fill her bag.

From early spring to late fall, the North End Farmers Market can be found Saturday mornings on the corner of North Main and Auburn in Rockford, Il.