Tuesday 13 April 2010

In the Early Morning Light:
Romance at the Farmers' Market

A flustered ray of sunlight
found himself kissing a single white rose
in a sea of red, orange and yellow.

Sneaking past the celeriac,
another sunbeam reached over carrots and leeks,
curiously studying the message on the slip of paper.

The rays grew bolder
and embraced full trays of raspberries
and pots of honey.

A bucketful of yellow daisies
clamored with a tableful of amber honey
for the sun's attention.
"Stand still, customer approaching!" -
hissed the tall blue crate.

"Ah!", moaned the asparagus with pleasure,
"I love it when you
tickle my toes

"What was he thinking?"
grumbled the potatoes, tossing and turning,
"We'll turn as green as broccoli if he doesn't cover us!"

"Fried Green Potatoes!"
The tomato plants shook with laughter.

Tired of vegetables
too selfish to appreciate
courting in the morning hour,
the sunbeams began to woo the roses ardently,
hoping to charm them into romance:
"Think, would it not be
Sweet to live with me
All alone, my child, my love?
There, were restraint and order bless
Luxury and voluptuousness
?" *


at the Farmers' Market

Witnessed on the morning
of Saturday, June 13, 2009
Farmers' Market at
Yppen Platz
16th District

Images and own text
© by Merisi

* Quoted from Charles Baudelaire's
L'invitation au voyage
"Mon enfant, ma soeur,
Songe à la douceur
D'aller là-bas vivre ensemble!"
"Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté."


  1. Dear readers,

    it is raining today,
    so I thought to brighten the day
    with some of last summer's sunshine!
    Clicking on the title
    will carry you to another
    visit to the farmers' market,
    back to the "Peony Days" of May 2008.

    A wonderful day to all of you,

  2. beautiful pictures!

  3. Thank you for the beautiful pictures.
    The text is not so easy because my English is not so good.
    But the pictures are wonderful.
    Thank you!!!

  4. L'invitation au voyage is one of my favorite poem !
    Your blog is always an "invitation au voyage" and your pics " an invitation to dream ". The viennese markets look so fabulous

  5. Hello Merisi, and hello Vienna.

    Your market looks quite similar to the markets here in S W France. Full of beautiful things, and no doubt beautiful aromas. A good market in the sunshine is so inviting.

    Good to meet you. Lady M.

  6. Liebe Merisi, vielen Dank für dein Kommentar bei mir im Blog. Ich habe zur Zeit keine Lust zu bloggen. Vielleicht kommt sie wieder. Die Reise nach Venedig habe ich Januar stornieren müssen, aus fam. Gründen. Überhaupt ist alles zur Zeit ein wenig verfahren. Ich melde mich hoffentlich bald zurück.

    Alles Liebe!

  7. These are gorgeous! I wish I could make the first two screen savers.

  8. all that makes me quite hungry.

  9. oooohhh.....
    yumminess galore!

    you make me
    want to eat my carrots, missy!


    does 'himbeeren'
    translate as

  10. I wish I had a place to get fresh produce like that. The raspberries made my mouth water.

    An Arkies Musings

  11. Asparagus enjoys having its feet tickled, eh? Who knew? Gorgeous post.

  12. Merisi -- you are the wizard of light! What lovely whimsy! I love the asparagus moaning with pleasure!

  13. The market is a romantic place and so beautiful!

  14. I never thought of the romance of vegetables until reading this...absolutely stunning. the ray of sun trying to read the sheet of paper...pure poetry.

  15. I love that toe tickling! Delightful post, Merisi.

  16. This post of farmer's market photos makes me seriously "homesick" for Austria. The highlight of my week in my village was the market. I took so many pictures and made LOTS of friends there.

  17. Wow! I needed that. Gorgeous colours.

  18. MON DIEU!!!!!
    I finally got your "l'heure bleu" And now I gotta go out at the crack of dawn and try to catch EARLY MORNING LIGHT?!
    No rest for the weary...
    Your early morning light is exquisite BTW...sigh

  19. These images all make me so hungry, I have not yet had dinner, and these are so much my favorites~

  20. Merisi, you've chosen a grand way to brighten the rainy sky.

    Tomorrow I hope to find time to visit our main NYC farmers market in Union Square. Might be a bit early for much to be on display, but the trip there is always a pleasure.

    (Thank you also for the prior post's Rothko references. What paintings!)


  21. Thank you all so very much for taking the time and leaving comments, so generous and kind. I shall go to bed smiling.

    yes, raspberries and Himbeeren mean the same! :-)

    Good night!


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