Tag Archives: Farmers Market

Siouxland Summer brings Fresh Produce, Sioux City

4 Jun

Last year I was negligent in getting to any of the Farmers Market days in Sioux City. Various projects and it seems other needed agendas kept me away. This past week I visited the market. While technically still in the spring season, the offerings will begin to grow as summer gets even closer and vendors from throughout the Siouxland region bring their items to the market, here and other area towns. And delectable treats and organic food awaits for people to enjoy the fruits of others labor.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland Farmer’s Market, Sioux City

12 Aug

It’s August, the summer heat and humidity is here and is ramping up. Farmers are happy because no major storms have damaged any crops and there has been enough rain to nurture the crops to a good looking yield so far. And the local farmer’s market is just hitting its stride. The marker in Sioux City lasts through early October. Yes, some of the offerings change, and slim down a bit, but as any creative cook will tell you, learn to use what is currently available and enjoy.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Spring arrival means Farmers Market in Siouxland, Sioux City

6 May

One way of gauging the seasons is through food. During the fall and winter months, it’s generally heavy meats and broth type meals to keep one’s system running in cold weather. But once spring comes around, it’s officially begun when the local farmers’ market is open for business, such as Sioux City’s Farmers’ Market. Local produce, spring greens, fresh baked goods and the beginning of a cornucopia of healthy foods locally grown. Today’s event was met with a light rain, and turnout early was lite. Not a lot of vendors and not many buyers. But the eats presented were excellent.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Iowa Public Television in Siouxland

25 Oct

Sometimes when I talk about being Lost in Siouxland, it is an easy thing to do. Sometimes while driving on back county roads, either those with blacktop or gravel roads, it is easy to lose one’s direction as you cruise the country. However, Iowa roads are laid out very well in a grid, county roads included, and are numerical or by name always alphabetical.

Sioux City sits on the western edge of Iowa. Cross the Missouri River and you are either in South Dakota or Nebraska. Not many people really visit this part of the state since locals believe no one else, but former residents, really care or are interested. This week at the local farmers market, an Iowa Public Television crew was in town filming. Normally that would be a good thing. But the day of the market, it was raining, it was cold, and it’s late October. Meaning, there are only two more days the market will be open this season. I kind of wonder why IPTV even bothered to come to film, unless it was doing something specific. They didn’t say. This Saturday the weather is supposed to be sunny and nice and warmer than it was earlier this week. And so late in the season there are fewer vendors and customers that it makes this market look like no one attends it, which is contrary to the truth.

Having worked in the media, I am sometimes surprised by the poor judgement that sometimes is applied for covering events or stories. And rather than covering a story at an appropriate time, it seems organizations sometimes choose a time convenient for them, not the story. Which brings me back to being “Lost in Siouxland”. Did this film crew wander the back roads for months trying to find this city, situated on an interstate and major state highways, or just decide nothing was going on in another part of the state that they needed to visit this city, on a rainy, cold day, when for certain attendance at the farmers market would be nonexistent.  I even wonder if there was enough for the crew to film and give them the ability to do a “good” story or accurate one, depending on what that story is.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

Siouxland through a Holga lens, Sioux City

25 Jul

From time to time I like to photograph with my plastic Holga lens. Like its film predecessor, the lens allows a person to shoot with the knowledge of low quality imagery with imperfections. The lenses made for shooting with digital dslr’s ( a variety of makes and models) do not give quite the same affect as the older plastic Holga film cameras, or the Diana camera that was so popular, but you can still get some nice effects. I think that these newer lenses can’t replicate the light leaks and other maladies that the film cameras created, often by happenstance, which lent such an other quality to images. The Holga camera, and now the digital lenses give some nice affects. The lenses are not really that expensive, maybe 2-3 latte drinks, and a nice way to kick start the way one sees subjects, whether people or objects. It’s nice to step outside your comfort zone sometimes.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland’s Rainy Farmers Market, Sioux City

22 Jun

The first official day of summer brought the typical Iowa summer weather with it, hot, muggy with high humidity, and plants stressing from no moisture. A lot of promise, but the weather people were not delivering. This year has been nothing if not unusual in the weather department. Snow falling in early May and seven days later, temperatures hitting the 100 degree mark. But today, Saturday, June 22, 2013, the weather has changed. It’s raining. The better part of yesterday watering my plants didn’t happen in vain, but, I could have saved a few dollars.

It seems though the vendors at the farmers market in Sioux City are not catching that good weather break. Today and last week the rain dampened the normally enthusiastic crowd. I find the wet weather doesn’t dampen (pun intended) my enthusiasm, but eating breakfast there can certainly be soggy. But one has to admit, the food couldn’t be any fresher with just a quick rinse before the buyer takes it home.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Rainy Siouxland Farmers Market, Sioux City

15 Oct

Most people like to get out and shoot photographs on bright sunny days. And I like that too, sometimes. But there are some days, rainy days, well maybe kind of rainy days when it is not pouring buckets, that nice photographs can be made and turn out well. I visited the Sioux City, Iowa, Farmers Market over the weekend. A lot of good produce at the market, healthy produce like vegetables, as well as those enticing desert produce like cakes and pies and jams. About mid-morning not a lot of shoppers had shown up. It was quiet, which might be good for shoppers, but not for the small organic farmers who toil in good and bad weather to bring their produce to the market. But the day made for taking nice photographs. On overcast days, the flat light and lack of shadows can enrich colors and create a different mood than shooting on bright sun shiny days which also create deep shadows. Some shoppers enjoyed the quiet shopping time and also the produce available. The rainy day market reprints and previous photos can be found here.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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