From the moment I happened to spy the hand made directional sign decorated with painted flowers I knew I was on the right track for a good time.
Just a block off main street, this farmer’s market was brimming with stalls and several rows wide. There were performers of all ages filling the air with just the right amount of joyful music to make you forget you were walking it felt so much like gliding.
I met people and I also met fruit. Many things were new to me. Have you ever seen citrus that looks like yellow octopus? I’m from Florida and I was caught off guard. She gave me a taste of candied fruit and we agreed it would make a great version of limoncello.
After a sample of the goat cheese I could not leave without buying some.
There were so many happily greeting one another, children having fun. Some watching and laughing, some being a bit naughty.
Notice all the people talking and visiting, all the signs of local grown, this is how it can be. I encourage everyone to find your local farmers and artisans and support them. I heard a gentleman author on CBS yesterday morning describe the difference between big business and small business… Big business loves money, small business loves you. Love it back. Our small businesses need our support.
I hope these photos help you feel that you were there with me that Sunday in Ojai walking about the farmer’s market and then back through town to my bus stop. I was a wonderful day.