Sunday, June 26, 2011

Farmer's Market and the Answer to What Plant Killed Lincoln's Mother

First, an answer to the question of what plant killed Lincoln's mother.  Thanks to Mary of One Perfect Bite, you won't have to wait until I read the book to find that snakeroot was the culprit.  Mother Lincoln probably fell victim after eating meat or drinking milk from cows that had eaten the plant.  Snakeroot caused milk sickness and was a serious problem for pioneers and homesteaders.  


Last Sunday, we made an early morning visit to the farmer's market at Jack London Square in Oakland, California.  It was the beginning of a sunny day and the waterfront was bustling with boaters and shoppers.  


I saw one family leave the market, laden with bags, and head for their boat.  I imagined them sailing off to a nearby small island or inlet for a day of fishing, swimming, sunning--whatever a family does on a lovely summer's day.


These bags of mixed salad greens and edible flowers were so enticing and only $5.00 each.


When we saw the berries, we knew that some would come back to our hotel.  What a good idea as they proved to taste as good as they looked--sweet and juicy.


Perfect vegetables and mounds of cherries.


Crusty breads!  We decided to purchase a loaf of the fig bread and some cheese to go along with our fruit.  Now if we only had a boat!!

Wandering along, we came upon Miette.  I had read about this bakery some time ago but had released it from memory.


Oh joy!!


What to choose?


Andrew and Adam make careful selections.

Even without a boat, it was a perfectly wonderful day in the bay!!

28 comments:

  1. on a boat or in a room that meal would be perfect. my first thought about the people going on the boat with food, is they live on it. we have many people who live sailboats and even other type boats. they anchor in the bays and have small boats to come ashore to buy supplies. i have talked to a couple of them and they move from place to place and do live aboard. also our harbors are full of people who rent the space and live on board. a wonderful day, wish i were there tooooo

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  2. What a lovely selection of fresh produce, bread and baked treats! I love those bags of greens and edible flowers. Fun, even without the boat.

    What a wonderful trip you had!

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  3. Sounds like a perfect day...even without a boat! Carla

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  4. Bonnie,

    I love a Farmer's Market. We are seeing salads with edible flowers in the markets here. Just too pretty. Picnic food for a boat sounds heavenly.

    Carol

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  5. That looks like so much fun! I'd have spent all my money :)

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  6. What a gorgeous day! I love the flowery salad mix- so pretty! And the cherries? My favorite! You don't need a boat to enjoy all of that. :)

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  7. What a lovely market! The salad greens always get my attention, along with the berries of course. When I read about the shoppers coming in their boat I imagined all sorts of interesting scenarios.

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  8. What a lovely day! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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  9. Your photographs are gorgeous I'm so happy you had a wonderful day. xx

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  10. I am drooling over those glorious pictures of the farmer's market! Everything looks so beautiful-- such bounty!! It looks like you are having a wonderful time and interesting trivia about Lincoln's mother!

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  11. I loved shopping the Farmer's Markets when we lived in Northern California. They have the most wonderful selections.

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  12. Hey Bonnie, I love farmer's markets don't you? Looks like you had a fabulous day.

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  13. It looks like crops in your area are ahead of those here in the PNW. Strawberries have just started to come in and other fruits and berries are going to be 2 to4 weeks late. We'll not have local corn till late August. The year has been a bust for local farmers and growers and that means resolve to buy local is being severely tried. I hope you have great weekend weather and can enjoy some time outside. Blessings...Mary

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  14. Oh, my gosh. Each photo more delectable than the last!

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  15. what wonderful pictures! I have never seen a Farmer's Market looking as pretty as this one. Everything so beautifully arranged.

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  16. I love the Farmer's Market. Every once in awhile, I can feel guilty because I don't enjoy having my own garden. So many hear in blogland post photos of the gorgeous veggies they are growing themselves, and I feel that little pang that says "you should be gardening too."

    Well, I tried gardening a few years ago...2006, 2007, and 2008. I realized I don't enjoy gardening at all. But I DO enjoy going to the farmer's market and purchasing someone else's gorgeous produce. It's still homegrown, local produce even if it didn't come from my backyard.

    By the way, I love that your library is thinking about showing old movies once a month. Great idea.

    Have a lovely day,
    Patti

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  17. What a jewel of a farmer's market you found. My goodness, I have never seen such wonderful offerings at a market. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I'm visiting my daughter in CA now and today we went to the Walnut Creek Farmers Market. Love to do that! Your trip looks like fun - even without the boat ride ;)

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  19. What great prices on the produce and I'm in love with the
    Jordanian almond bouquets!

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  20. Would you eat it on a boat, would you eat it with a goat...sorry just reverting back to childhood where I have such fond memories of browsing all the wonderful produce.

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  21. Is there any other kind of day at the Bay?? Not to my experience. =)

    Everything looks picture perfect. blessings ~ Tanna

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  22. Thanks for the answer to the question .... and it looks like a spectacular market!

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  23. What an interesting fact! I never heard of snakeroot! Is it still a problem in some areas?

    I love a meal of bread, cheese and fruit ...and would love to follow it with a sweet from a bakery like this!

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  24. HI Bonnie! Oh, what a wonderful post! I've been to Jack London Square but never to a market! Everything looks wonderful.
    Thank you so much for your kind words and you are certainly a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  25. omy goodnes...wat a fantastic clicks...:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  26. i don't remember Danville, but on the map it is about 50 miles from somerset which is where we went for the big shopping

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  27. I had not realized that Miette opened a location in Jack London square! I usually go to the one in the ferry building, and I have gone to the one in Hayes Valley neighborhood in the city.

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  28. Talk about jealous! I loved Miette and thought everything we ordered (a cupcake, and a couple macarons) were all delicious and everything was just beautiful, wasn't it?

    Wish I could go back!

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