Saturday, May 4, 2013

Summer Comes Closer

Jamestown and the Newport Bridge
Summer is getting closer.  This weekend, for example, was the first farmers market of the season; thankfully each year they start earlier.

As a quick aside, it is hard not to appreciate the the emergence and even explosion of farmers markets and CSAs over the last five or six years.  We live in such a great time for produce, with direct access to food.

We may live in a great era for so many things, but the time of the more charming Vera Bradley patterns is long over.  Some vintage bags meet a need, but there has not been anything new worth getting in a good many years.  

Some farmers just sell plugs from their greenhouse or cold-frames this time of year.

Seafood















Organic Meat
The boatyards were not yet in open-for-business mode.





The launch service had not yet begun, but a ride could be had if you didn't mind squeezing in.







Harbour Court was closed, but some local racers were getting in some early competition. The awnings were up, however.


How not to look dignified.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The changing of the seasons is always a bit chaotic. You capture it nicely. Dogs, Good Humor, farmers and produce, masts and lines and skiffs. Lovely. Who says looking undignified is undignified?

Cheers,
Gary

sara said...

The produce here in Virginia is 2-3 weeks behind normal schedules. We're just getting fresh strawberries; May is usually the end of the season. How in the world do the farmers have potatoes and zucchini this early? They must be grown in greenhouses?

Muffy Aldrich said...

@sara - You are right - greenhouses and cold frames.

Flo said...

Now you have me wondering what I might find at a market not far from here, might have to make a trip on Wednesday. And I agree, the latest VB prints are horrid. I kind of like Tutti Frutti, but I haven't seen it in person, so I'm holding back on my judgement. The rest--blech!

Greenfield said...

Thank you for another lush photo essay--those veggies look wonderful, especially this early in the season! Extra points for the wandering St. Bernard and the Captain's striped shirttail!

Rachel said...

Vera Bradley's Royal was my first bag during college. It's still a beautiful pattern. I do like Lilli Bell but other than that none are as beautiful as the ones from the 80's and early 90's.

Today was Derby Day here in KY and what an ugly day it was, rainy and cold. These beautiful picture were so pleasant to see after such a dreary day.

Did anyone notice that Dinny Phipps horse won the Derby? His sister was Lilly Pulitzer.

mary anne said...

Love this time of year. Your photos have captured it well.

anglow said...

Confess - have you ever fallen while making that move?

NEW Communications said...

I am so grateful that our farmers have hoop houses: I bought fresh herbs and tomato plants three weeks ago at our Upper Midwest market that runs year-round.

Muffy, your essay really points out what I love most about spring: The gradual return of summer and the quickening pace of life in a coastal town, even an inland North Coast town like mine.

I will visit the shop that carries Vera Bradley in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, soon to see the new patterns. I do like yours. Perhaps I can find something in a resale shop.

Bitsy said...

This post reminds me of one of the earlier TDP posts that first got me hooked. It has all the good stuff -- the farmers' market, dogs, and boats.

Muffy Aldrich said...

@anglow - Not yet.

BollywoodBlonde said...

You absolutely ALWAYS look dignified! I wanted to stop by and THANK YOU so much! My stomach was all tied in knots b/c our TV show debut is tomorrow and your blog in my email just entirely calmed me down and reminded me of the solid, steady, dignified people in my life and where I come from. Thank you so much for that! So indebted to you and wishing you well from afar...

Anonymous said...

I have Vera Bradley Royal and still love/use it....and no one looks "good" from any angle climbing on or off a boat whether docked or at anchor. I remember back when I was dating my husband we were anchored out swimming and we noticed a storm approaching. I went up first out of the water and while I was actually thinking what a horrible view my boyfriend was getting he literally shoved my posterior onto the boat. But he still married me. Spring is just arriving in my neck of the woods and the boats are just getting dropped in. It was a late winter so everyone is excited.

Margaret Murtagh said...

Muffy, you are absolutely right about Vera Bradley. A store opened up in our neighborhood and I keep stopping in thinking I will find something and I don't. I treasure the bags that I bought so long ago. I can't remember the last time I bought one.

Patsy said...

I beg to differ on the boatyards. You may not see notice it, but they are most definitely open for business and have been for about 5 weeks.