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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

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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