Who is Annie?

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Annie on the farm.

Who is Annie? Well, I am Annie, and here’s a little background on why I write this blog.

As the eldest of eight children, I have fond memories of our family raising or growing our own food in a variety of ways.  Sometimes we just had a vegetable garden, some places we lived had fruit and/or nut trees. Sometimes we raised livestock: chickens for their eggs , rabbits goats and/or sheep for meat. I can remember eating homemade jams and jellies, home canned fruit and tomatoes and lots of fresh veggies and fruit. There were homemade soups for dinner and homemade biscuits for breakfast. Nothing came from a box except Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal. Baking items like, cookies and, cakes were made from scratch.

Living my early years in this way helped to lay the ground work for the period of my life when I married and raised our son. I was a stay-at-home mom, cooking our meals from scratch using skills I had gained as a young girl. We had a large freezer and we stocked it with meat from the local butcher. I made pies (and sometimes jams when fruit was in season) and froze them. Sometimes I canned tomatoes and  fruit. I kept a vegetable garden. Sometimes it was just a couple of tomato plants and zucchini. Sometimes it was pretty elaborate. One year I even grew lima beans. And then lo and behold, one day many many years ago,  my sister invited me to the Farmers Market to help sell the eggs from her ranch’s laying hens. “Sure,” I said. That first Farmers’ Market had only a few vendors and wasn’t organized like the Farmers’ markets of today. I didn’t know it, but it was the beginning of my lifelong passion for fresh and local foods direct from the farmers who grew or raised them. It didn’t take long for me to start letting the farmers do the growing and I would just show up on Saturday with my basket, choosing from the abundance they provided.

I have been in love with Farmers Markets for over thirty years now and that love has only grown deeper with each year’s passing. Wherever I travel I check to see if there’s a Farmers Market open during my visit, and if there is you can bet I’ll be there. I have been to markets that have only three or four tables, and I have been to ones that go on for blocks. In my eyes, they are all wonderful.

Through this blog I will share my passion for Farmers’ Markets and related topics of interest. I hope that you will find it informative and enjoyable. If you have thoughts to share I would love to hear from you. Hope to see you at the Farmers Market.

29 thoughts on “Who is Annie?

  1. Good revelation about why you blog. You’ve come over to my site to read about Santa Fe Farmer’s Market and I admire your motivation to write about markets that truly began with your childhood. Great picture of you when young. Hope your trip to New Mexico is all you want it to be.

  2. I’m glad I read your blog more closely. I always wished I had grown up on a farm, and we travel to Amish Country in Pa often because we love it so much. Growing up, we had a farm that sat behind our house. We were separated by large hedges, but I heard the tractors and the sprinklers and I could watch from my upstairs window, everything that was going on. I really think this is what makes me enjoy the country so much.

    Anyway, nice blog! 🙂 Cheryl

  3. Hi Annie,
    in ’82 I was working as a trainee on a organic veg farm in Massachusetts (caretakerfarm.org), now I’m a wholesaler for organic fruit & vegs in southern germany and next summer my daughter will spent 2 months on a organic veg farm in MD, and she will help to sell on the farmers market in the capital… I bookmarked your blog and will look from time to time Greetings from Germany Hansjoerg

    • Greetings to you Hansjoerg
      Will get my translator software going so I can learn more about what’s going with organic fruits & veggies in Germany. Thank you for taking time to comment and let me know a little bit about you. Good luck to your daughter this summer. I’m sure it will be a wonderful experience for her. Thanks for your support.

  4. As you saw on my latest post, I love farmer’s markets too! It’s something that my sister and I love to go to wherever we visit. And I feel like it’s a great way to get the flavor of the city. Great blog!

  5. Hi Ann–love your blog! You always were the best cook in the family, and I remember how Dad loved your fresh blueberry muffins. I never forgot picking fresh berries with you up in Sonoma, and you whipped up some fab hot raspberry sauce, toasted almonds and homemade ice cream for a hot summer night’s dessert in Esparto. Next time you get to Kauai, we will visit all the farmer’s markets; I hope it is mango season!

    • Thanks Lani,
      Looking forward to the time I can get over for a visit. Farmers’ Markets with mangos, papayas and those sweet little white pineapples, some Kauai corn and sweet potatoes. Oh, I’m getting hungry. Throw in a little kayaking, and plenty O’Hana and it’s another perfect visit. Wish I was leaving tomorrow. Miss you guys.

  6. What a great site! You are one very talented person. I’ve bookmarked your blog and will visit often. What a nice way to spend a morning is to go to a nice farmer’s market.

  7. Hi Annie,

    I am also a devotee of farmer’s markets, and like you will seek them out wherever I am. I find it deeply nourishing to wander a market, take in the beauty of fresh produce and enjoy the wonderful people who grow it.

  8. Ann – wonderful blog! I, too, grew up with fresh foods. My mother canned and preserved all seasonal fruits and vegetables and always cooked from scratch. I do love the markets but don’t go as often as I would like. One of my favorites is Lienert’s honey, especially the orange blossom. Presently, the persimmons are wonderful and I have a couple excellent cake recipes, one using the Fuyu and the other using the Hachiya. If you are interested, I’ll send the recipes to you.

    • Thanks Nancy –

      I would love to have some of your persimmon recipes. I have found memories of cakes and cookies made with Hachiya. I think some of the first Fuyu I had I tasted at your house. I still like them and use them in spinach salad.

      Persimmons were bountiful at the market last week so it definitely is the season. Would love to post some of your recipes.

  9. Hi Ann,
    I loved the picture. Some things don’t change much. Have you read Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle?” Great book about growing food and has a lot of wonderful recipes using fresh ingredients. The chapter on raising turkeys will give you some laughs.

    • Hi Sherri
      Sorry to take so long in acknowledging your comment but somehow through the miracle of the internet your comment got in the spam file and it took me a while to get it out of there. Always learning something with this blog.

      Anyway thanks so much for your comment and will definitely check out “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle?”. Turkeys can be pretty funny. Peg and Ev have wild ones on their property that are pretty entertaining.

      Will have to get out and check out the Esparto Farmers Market. Think they have one more coming up.

  10. Love the blog and the photo “Annie”! I too thoroughly enjoy the Farmers Market but for very different reasons. Having grown up in New York with very little concept of where much of the food we shared over the dinner table came from, you can imagine my wonder and amazement when we moved to California. We are so very fortunate to have access to the finest and freshest this country has to offer! I look forward to reading your blog. Any chance you’ll share some of those recipes?!

    • Hi Beryl
      Thanks for joining in on the conversation. I will post a couple of good seasonal vegetable recipes before this weekend. I want to get everyone thinking about the ingredients they will need to purchase fresh at the market this weekend. So far, I have found quite a few that I want to highlight. Now I just have make some choices and start typing. Let me know if you try one, and of course, I would love to know whether you liked it or not. Thanks for your support.

  11. Hi Darcie
    So great that you are taking advantage of the beautiful produce produced on Kauai. I think some of the sweetest corn I ever had was from the Lihue market. Oh, and the sweet potatoes and apple bananas were incredible too.

    Still watching airfares and hoping that I will get back over to see you guys next year.

    Thanks for checking out my blog. If you have news on Kauai markets forward it and I’ll post it.

    Hugs – Auntie

  12. I heart farmer’s markets too! Lihue just got three per week. Mason and I love to make a fast run through and get our fruits and veggies in season. Yesterday we picked up Kauai grown longan, star fruit, tomatos, apple bananas, kale and salad mix.

      • Well hello there Sister #3,
        Mom’s biscuits were the best. I can still remember the ones she made with the jam baked inside. Makes me hungry just thinking about them. Glad you enjoyed the blog. Spread the word and please send me ideas for seasonal recipes so I can share them with everyone.

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