My Favorite Place To Shop

It doesn’t matter how many times I go to a Farmers’ Market it always feels like the first time.

And maybe it is the first time I see the fresh mustard greens or the bright yellow squash for sale that particular day. I stop at each booth. I ask questions. What is your favorite way to cook your oyster mushrooms? How much longer into the season will you have cucumbers?

I learn that mushrooms can be sprinkled with oil and baked until crispy. I learn that the best part of the rainbow chard are the stems.

I feel good, when I eat fresh beautiful things.

It feels good to meet the people who have grown the food I plan to eat.

I  bring my own bags and try to spread my money around, making purchases at as many different tables as possible. The work of growing things is labor intensive. The time taken to pick and pack. To load and unload. The worries throughout the season about the weather. The cost of transportation.

Thank you for bringing it here.

This is the season of the harvest moon. The season of fresh pressed apple cider and giant orange pumpkins.

Inspired by my purchases I finely chop up garlic to sizzle in the frying pan with onions, red peppers, chard and cherry tomatoes. The vegetables fill our plates.

A Writing Prompt: A old friend you haven’t seen in a while is coming for dinner. Write about what you will serve them and why.

Happy September

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Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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