A Trip To The Farmer’s Market

As I drove out to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market, I thought about the first time I ever encountered this place. Years and years ago, it was a small open air place off of Decatur Road. Parking was grab quick, and walk through grass, mud, dirt, sand to the main opening. Hot air flowed inside during the summer and winter brought in the cold air. If it rained, you felt this too. The food was the freshest you could find. The farmers’ trucks brought in their special produce or meats. There were many times, I used my hands and shrugged my shoulders to find out the names of different items. People were open and smiling to talk about their products. It was a small world that consisted of many nationalities and languages.

This day, I went to a huge building with air-conditioning, but still the same feeling of being in another world. If I stood too long in front of something, a person would walk up and tell me how good it is. Or a person would tell me how to cook what I didn’t know what I was looking at. The people have not changed and are still proud of their country’s food grown right here in Georgia.

I have to be careful shopping here, as I tend to go overboard with all the fresh and exciting vegetables, fruit, lentils (so many different kinds), greens for salads or cooking. Cheese from all over the world end up here and a too much in my cart. The seafood is still alive in tanks and people point to the one(s) they want. This includes live lobsters and other water fish. The beef and pork are fresh and makes me wonder if they are still hiding the rest in the back. Chickens are cut up and you can pick out the parts you want. No packages here.

I cannot forget to tell you about their spice section. Anything you’ve seen on cooking shows, you can find right here. I’m sure there are some never seen or used on the shows. Another place where I can go wild. I want to try this, and this, and oops, can’t forget this.

Throughout the building, they set up small stands and give out free samples of their foods. Sweets and deserts are fresh and some still warm from the baking. It is am amazing place to shop and you cannot be in a hurry in and hurry out mode. Too much to see and learn. Yes, this is a educational process in making connection with people of different lands, different ideas, different foods, and right here in the Dekalb Farmer’s Market.

I can’t shop here too often, as I get too much. But, I get re-introduced to my kitchen, stove and oven.  If you live near a farmer’s market, you need to take a trip and enjoy the sights and smells of fresh foods. And, do not forget the people of many nations right in your own backyard.

Happy Shopping.  Happy Cooking. Happy Eating. Even my friends, Edna and Ethel enjoyed this trip.

Two friends

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WILD AND FUN WEEKEND

WheeeeeeLabor Day weekend filled Atlanta with many activities. Dragon Con had its convention in downtown Atlanta. Costumes captured all of the characters and the parade down Peachtree Street gave kids and adults the sights they were waiting to come to life.

Then, we had the 10th Annual Decatur Book Festival. This opened with the keynote speaker, Erica Jong, and another author, Roxane Gay at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. A new stage opened and is part of the Georgia Grown Culinary Village with cooking demonstrations and authors of cookbooks giving out their secrets and food. There were stages for authors in many genres–The Atlanta History Center, Science Track, Romance, Poetry, Mystery and Thriller, Art, and characters mingling with the people, and the Children’s & Teen Stages.

Venues were set up all around the city of Decatur. The Old Court House opened for different authors to share their work. Decatur is just the town for this event and opportunity to meet neighbors and make new friends. Decatur is home to history–Emory and Agnes Scott Universities. A vibrant city with an appreciation for the arts and books.

The Atlanta History Center offers author programs during the months of September, October, and through November. These are award-winning authors, best-selling authors of fiction and non-fiction, and even authors of cookbooks sharing seasonal recipes. This gives people a chance for discussions and meeting other enthusiastic readers who share the love of books.

What a way to celebrate Labor Day and then back to business, but not in the usual way. I find myself energized with new ideas, meeting other writers from all over Georgia and other areas and states.

The difficulty of my publishers’ bankruptcy announcement is still fresh in my mind. All of the authors of Secret Cravings Publishing are pulling for each other. Our Authors Only site is filled with tears and new beginnings. I keep writing and, in time, will republish Breaking Point and other books. Just not certain in which format. I’ll keep writing new stories and using the words from my head fill the screen.

The day this happened, I glanced at my horoscope, which I never read, but guess the ‘gods’ were trying to guide me.  “This morning you’ll open your eyes with a fresh perspective on life. Then, you’ll figure out what really makes you happy and prioritize your life based on that realization. It is truly a great day.”

Writing and I’ll keep writing until words cease to float through my head and my fingers are too stiff to move over the keys.

HAPPY YOU.  HAPPY DAY. HAPPY WRITING.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

The OtherlifeYou will notice, that the original posting of Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow has been deleted from my blog. The publisher, Secret Cravings Publishing, is in the process of declaring bankruptcy. Therefore, my book, Breaking Point, has to be removed.

Yesterday, my book was published and offered to all of you. Today, the book will be down until I know which direction I want to take. Tomorrow, is another day for me to decide in which way I want to go with Breaking Point and all the other novels still in revision, and in my head.

My thanks to all of you who have been a part of this journey with me. The critiques, the opportunities, the wonder of writing. It is too soon to make definite decisions, but with my eyes open, my heart open to new adventures, I will find what makes me happy and write, write, write with a new prospective. Life gives us many choices and we learn to accept what we can and do what is most important to us.

My blog will be up and running, probably in circles for a few times, but this will improve my way of thinking, writing, and keeping you in the loop of publishing.

Thanks for your important part in my life. Words need to be written, novels published, and readers need to read. Hang tight with me and we will once again make waves on the calm waters.

P.E.PATTERSON (Patricia)