The electric blanket has been folded and tucked away. Fresh crisp cotton sheets on the beds instead of cuddly winter flannels. Spring is here and the air smells like flowers around Casa Fabulous. Flowers blooming in the neighbor’s yards, a few hopeful rosebuds and leaves in our own yard, and today the house is getting a little bit of help from a vendor at the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market…
Sweet peas. One of my favorite flowers in the world. I love them so much. We used to have vines of them trained along the stairs when I lived in Oregon once upon a time. Simple, fragrant, perfectly happy-making.
Today was our first foray out to the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market and I was very impressed. What a great little market, tucked away in the little park adjacent to the Gold Line tracks. We found fresh berries, bunches of sweet carrots, beets, tender baby leeks, Italian basil, red plum tomatoes, tiny asparagus stalks and bags of sugar peas. I wanted to buy one of everything! Bread, kettle corn, soap, Indian food, the tamale vendor (we had to stop at the tamale vendor for sweet corn tamales in tomatillo salsa), an apple cart, it was really just a simple pleasure to walk around in the sunshine, smile at little kids and enjoy the community. It is a real party atmosphere. I adore South Pasadena.
Oh I so wish I’d brought my camera. I’ll have to do that next week.
Tonight I’ll toss that fragrant basil and a few of those plum tomatoes chopped up with some pasta and good olive oil and we’ll offer up thanks for the bounty of spring!