Monday, September 1, 2014

To Market, To Market

To market, to market
To buy farm fresh goods,

 Home again, home again,
To play with the food!

This summer, our garden granted us with plenty of
   veggies, in many different varieties. From zesty
  tomatoes, cool cukes, and an abundance of zucchini,


 to sweet cooking onions, the last of which were
 harvested a few days ago, braided, and left outside to dry.

A few weeks leading up to their harvest, their leaves
 were picked upon demand, to be featured in salads, 
 tarts, fricassée, (a lovely, lemony, Greek version),

 and of course, bouquets for this blogger's styling fix!

Plans for the winter shift are already in progress,

 and include spinach, romaine lettuce, collard greens,
and leeks, all rich in antioxidants and a host of vitamins!

But, until then, our local farmers continue
 to provide us with fresh, seasonal fare.

 Versatile, these summer starlets take direction well.
 So, until you decide their fate of whether to bake, puree, 
 boil or sauté, why not have some fun first, and simply play?!

Promise to visit you all soon;
it's been a busy weekend! 
Thanks for visiting and
have a wonderful week!


  1. Your veggies look so fresh and wonderful and I love how you decorate your shelves. Have a great week my friend.

  2. You make all the food so look good. Markets are full of fresh veggies here too ... so delicious.

  3. You make me want to tuck garden produce all around the house! Instead, I shall plough through preserving a big pile of tomatoes today. This time of year, the garden waits not for me to play.

  4. Good Afternoon Poppy, What a beautiful bowl of vegetables.... I love courgettes and Greek cucumbers and tomatoes are the very best..... so full of flavour.
    You certainly provided us with a lot of colour today, from the colour of the vegetables to the lovely display on your shelves.... and I could not help but notice your gorgeous teapot.... I love teapots.
    Have a lovely day today.
    Best Wishes

  5. Hello Poppy,

    Well, your post brings new meaning to the phrase 'Still Life', for nothing seems to have stayed still for very long in these images.

    What a rainbow of fruit and vegetables you have produced and your plans for the autumn and winter sound equally delicious. We are very fortunate to have a local market within walking distance of where we live so buying fresh fruit and vegetables in season is a daily affair. And, how wonderful that you can supplement the market fare with your own home grown produce. Perfect!

  6. Love your colorful produce and pretty shelves. We have been enjoying our summer produce too, especially corn on the cob. Your sweet little pitcher and cups are so cute!

  7. I am impressed with how your garden grows, Poppy! And I love all the bright cheery colors in this post. Is there anything better than fresh, homegrown veggies? Yum!


    Sheila :-)

  8. Oh Poppy, I've been writing a blog post about the farmer's markets on Kauai. . .the beauty of yours puts my plans to shame! Back to the drawing board for me!! Lovely post, as always. Hugs, J.

  9. The braided onions look lovely - what a decorative way to display them. Harvesting your own veggies is so satisfying, don't you think? Unfortunately our harvest wasn't very good this year - very disappointing.

  10. I love fresh fruits and's so sad to see my garden already starting to wither up. No more zucchini and just a few tomatoes. I am fortunate to live in an area with lots of farm stands and farmer's markets though.

  11. What beautiful fruits and veggies! They really made some gorgeous shots! I buy my fresh produce at the Flea Market on Saturdays. They always have a big booth full of goodies.


  12. Sensational shots! I love how fresh and vibrant the fruits and vegetables look.

  13. It looks as though you had lots of fun styling with your lovely veggies!! xx

  14. I'm guessing you had as good a time styling these veggies as eating them (almost!). Very pretty!

    May I ask...what is braiding onions?

    1. Hey Doreen,

      Thanks for your sweet comment. To answer your question, have a look at this:

      There's a video, to boot, which I think you will find quite interesting, seeing as you are such a culinary whiz!


  15. I could not concentrate on your veggies because I could not take my eyes off your cute dishes.

  16. My original comment seems to have gotten lost so I'm trying again...I think you must be a fantastic cook. Your kitchen is beautiful and your dishes always look inviting!

  17. Your fresh produce does look as pretty as any flowers! Colorful and full of flavor, too! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

  18. Hello Poppy

    You are very fortunate to be able to grow such a variety of vegetables. I imagine the glorious Greek sunshine provides an abundant harvest.
    Love your images and still lifes.

    Helen xx

  19. I love going to the market and seeing all the beautiful veggie and fruits. My sun garden is small so I only grow tomatoes, onion, herbs and lettuce. But the best veggies I remember ever having is when I went to Italy and we went shopping at the market and headed home to cook. Oh my I have never tasted veggies like that before. I can only imagine Greece's would be the same. Have a great day!

  20. Your veggies look gorgeous
    you really know how to display
    them so they look so inviting,
    and yummy

  21. C.R.E.A.T.I.V.E forget about not playing with your food.
    That looks like fun....your photos are superb, Poppy.
    So corn does not do well over there? Interesting fact you shared on my post recently, Have a great day !!

  22. Thanks for the dose of happy this afternoon and for linking up your lovelies on the Art of Home-Making Monday this week :)

  23. So charming Poppy!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  24. What eye candy your vegetables are here, Poppy! My husband never understands why I get such pleasure out of simply walking through the Farmer's Market in Nashville. To him it's just shopping for vegetables. To me, seeing the mounds of beautiful reds, purples, yellows, oranges, greens in the vegetables and fruits themselves actually feeds my soul, nourishes my spirits. I don't even have to ask if you feel the same way. And this isn't the first post at Poppy View that convinced me you feel that way too.

    Beautiful post! You're enjoying every stage of your vegetables. I can't leave out the glorious Lemons, is there any ingredient, other than maybe salt, that enhances other ingredients more than a fresh squeezed lemon, and the zest of it?

    A tasteful post, Poppy dear!


  25. Love how you incorporated this great bounty of goodness into your post. Everything is so fresh,
    and yummy! Great post!

  26. Hello dear Poppy
    What a feast of delicious fresh vegetables from your garden!
    I can't wait to get our summer garden planted.
    I love your sweet teapot and all the things on your shelving unit - it's so attractive.
    Wishing you a happy weekend - enjoy the sunshine in Greece!

  27. What a great, colorful display of veggies and pretty dishes! I "decorate" my enamelware pan, scale and colander display on my kitchen table with fruits and vegetables as I get them and eat them.

  28. I love all of the bounty found at farmers' markets at this time of year. On my last visit, I picked up plenty of vegetables and some local honey. I must get a bottle of maple syrup next time.

    I can see the fun you had photographing all of the produce. Very clever and attractive shots, Poppy! All of the colour is wonderful.


  29. What a lovely display with your beautiful dishes, dear Poppy!! One can see you enjoy this so much! Your photos are always fantastic!!!!!

  30. Playing with your food is under rated - look at the colourful display you created!
    Thanks for linking Poppy.

  31. I am new to Mosaic Monday, so I have not been to visit you before. Such color. What flair. I liked the way you braid and dry onions. I will have to remember that next year.

  32. Que bela postagem.

    Seus legumes vibrantes na sua bela porcelana.


    Um colorido muito lindo!

    beijinhos, Poppy!

    Lígia e =^.^=

  33. Such a wonderful display of your fruits and veges! Love the cheerful colors you have in your kitchen!

  34. I adore the teaware and harvest pictures...really beautiful!

  35. Your garden did well this year - gorgeous photos! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  36. Aw, so lovely. Glad you linked up with our Found & Foraged linky party! Have a great week!

  37. I bet your produce tastes amazing, better than anything you could buy in the shops.

  38. such cheery shelves!! thanks for coming to the Found & Foraged party- I hope you will again!

  39. What a gorgeous post! Such colorful pottery and vegetables. I so hope our garden this summer will produce such beautiful vegetables too. Visiting from Stephanie's linky party.

  40. Mmmm... there is nothing quite like produce fresh from the garden - it tastes to much better and sweeter :)

    Your photos are so colorful and have my mouth watering for fresh fruit. Your posts are a delight, dear Poppy, and I'm so glad you share them with Roses of Inspiration. Thank you! Hugs!


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