In Temecula, on Saturdays and Wednesdays, over 50 farmers and vendors gather. These farmers markets are a place to get locally-grown organic foods in the Murrieta and Temecula area. I visited with my camera.
The Temecula Farmer’s Markets meet in Old Town Temecula on Saturday mornings, and (a smaller group) at the Promenade Mall in Temecula Wednesday mornings. They sell organize fruits and vegetables, fresh from the farm. Plants and flowers are also sold, as well as various hand-made items. There are vendors who sell baked bread, peanut brittle, or nuts, and there are vendors who prepare cooked foods, including meats and vegetables grilled upon order, or kettle corn by the big-bag-full. One vendor even sells hand-made soap, but my soap supply is satisfatory for now. Works of art by local artists are sold, and there’s even bags of natural pet food available.
A farmer’s market is a good way to buy locally-grown, often organic fruits and vegetables. I didn’t make any purchases, as I had a lot of walking ahead of me, but maybe another time. What I did take away from the farmer’s market was a good number of photographs, and a lot of inspiration for writing.
I visited the Saturday market in Old Town Temecula, which runs from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
There’s enough variety in a farmer’s market such as this one that I have a lot of material available for photographing. I started out taking photos from across the walking area, across from a stall, as seen in photographs above. This was my first walk through the loop of stalls.
The second time I went around, I took photos at stalls I was standing next to. This didn’t produced too much better of a photograph, but things would be seen more clearly. However, as I was finishing this loop, I saw a lady photographing some items up close. I had to do that on my third loop.
Fruits and Vegetables
Flowers and Cactuses
Cooking and Prepared Foods
Faces at the Market
This young man was playing his guitar and singing. “Broke and Desperate!” his sign reads. (I was kind and didn’t point out that “deperate is a-rat of a word”.) “Need Tuition” his sign continues.
I don’t know if he was playing something he composed and singing something he wrote, or if he was going with something he likes from an established band. If the former, he should look into what it would take to get a good quality recording of some of his works. He could go the route of using a service such as MagnaTune for selling copies. Of course, one still has to market oneself when going that route.
Now this character… He’s just scary. So I had to photograph him.
I didn’t get this lady’s name. She does face and arm paintings for children. She says she’s been doing this for four years now. She must enjoy what she does.
The like the clown-like look she has, and what’s why I asked if I could take her photograph. She has a colorful appearance, which makes her stand out, and draw attention. I imagine kids often drag their parents over to see who see is, to get a closer look at someone with these bright colors.
Until Next Time
I should get a backpack-on-wheels and start heading down here to buy fruits and vegetables. I can just buy some when I’m at Stater Brothers (a grocery store), but I wouldn’t mind trying this out to see what it’s like in comparison. If nothing else, it’d get me out of the house a little bit more!