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Piggie eating flowers
(It’s true! Pigs do like to munch on flowers.)

One of my main goals this summer is to visit a lot of farmers’ markets and the farms that give them so much life. I’m off to a great start: two weekends ago I found myself at the huge, celebrated Davis Farmers’ Market in Davis, Ca. And last weekend I visited my friend Heather in rural Pennsylvania, where she is two months into a nine month apprenticeship that goes deep into animal husbandry. Reading about it on her blog is fascinating and worth a long look. The sounds of crickets was loud, everything was exploding in shades of green, and at night Heather took me to visit the sleeping peeps, who make the cutest cooing bird night noises. Perhaps the bird version of talking in your sleep. All around, pretty magical.

Some highlights:


Nothing beats a farm breakfast, except perhaps a camping breakfast. I was graciously treated to a perfect, cheesy omelette with eggs and cheddar from a nearby Amish farm, and amazing red wine and rosemary-cured bacon made by the folks at the farm I visited: North Mountain Pastures. They’re at the Saturday market in DC; pay them a visit if you’re in the area.

Eggs from the Amish farm

Those amazing eggs. Different breakfast.


Four year old Kaj led us on the best farm tour.

Baby Chick 2

Baby chick!

Hiking Companion

Then we went on a little hike along a stream in the woods. The cat came with us the whole way! He was in his element: troubleshooting each stream crossing and never failing in creative solutions for getting across without getting wet. Best kitty ever!

Gorgeous Pennsylvania woods

We ended here, at a little fishing hole with a porch swing on the far bank. I love how vibrantly green the east coast is. California doesn’t have this.

But California does have this:

Take the pit out

Adorable toddlers requesting that you take the pit out of the cherry. His mother was better suited to the task.

Loquats at the Davis Farmers Market


The first plums

The first plums of the season.

  • Colleen - oh, the CRICKETS. They sound like they’re going rise up and take over at my parents’ house.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Your pictures and words are beautiful in this post. I especially like the cat in the woods and the fishing hole – how cute! It all reminds me of my uncle’s farm that I used to visit in Wisconsin. Hopefully, there are many farmer’s markets and farm visits in my future this summer as well.ReplyCancel

  • Ardis - I smiled as I read your latest post. Really nice.

    It reminds me of Wisconsin, too — the north woods, where there is nothing like sleeping on a porch with the woods around you in summer. The loons call from the lake, and dawn is your alarm clock.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - So true–I remember being absolutely startled by the vibrant greens of the east coast in summer. What gorgeous images of the brand new season!ReplyCancel

  • ileana - What fun! And I’d never before heard of a loquat, so thanks for introducing me.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn - Wow – your trip to the east coast looks beautiful – but, then again, so does the bounty of California. Envious that you have plums already!ReplyCancel

  • sandra - I just love love love that shot of the pigs chilling. Makes me want to visit a farm this weekend!!ReplyCancel

  • SG - East Coast green color field – so intense. Looking forward to checking out your friends blog!ReplyCancel

  • The Wimpy Vegetarian - I’m from Pennsylvania and your posting really brought it back for me. The crickets, all the green. I can remember long walks in the evening and hearing the crickets and trying to catch fireflies.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Beautiful storytelling via photography and a small handful of words! I LOVE the image of the little boy with the cherry — just perfect. xoReplyCancel

  • Nikole - Oh! These guys are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - The west coast is that green also, head north to Seattle!ReplyCancel

  • Bob Marold - Heath, your North Mountain Pastures tour guide cat is now world famous.
    Share her name … I never got it right on my tour.

  • NicoleD - Beautiful! I want to visit a farm this summer, too!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Hey, I am so happy you discovered the Davis Farmers market! It’s the best one I’ve been to, at least in the Sacramento-Valley region. The people are so family and I love the way the community gathers around the event. Try the taco truck, if it is still there. Best tacos of my life!ReplyCancel

  • Simon @ - Love the post! Your beautiful picture of the loquats just reminded me that I haven’t had them for a long time…ReplyCancel

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  • ally - what an adventure/delicious eatins…
    there’s not much better than country living.ReplyCancel

  • Sweet Harvest Moon - Love this! Can’t believe the cat followed you during the hike!ReplyCancel

  • Lizzy (Good Things) - Love your work!ReplyCancel

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