Thursday, May 3, 2012

Portrait of the Artist: Things I'm Afraid to Tell You

I stumbled across a beautiful post on Creature Comforts today about the importance of "honesty and transparency around blogland," about writing from an authentic voice, about admitting to your own imperfections. Sometimes bloggers can come across as being too perfect, as having their act 110% together. So, to dispel any ideas my readers might have about my wonderful care-free life as a locavore artist, here's my list of "Things I'm Afraid to Tell You..."

About Locavore Living:
1. Eating local is hard. Sometimes I'd rather lounge about in PJ's watching old Fraggle Rock episodes on Saturday morning instead of going to the Farmer's Market. Sometimes I want to spend my entire weekly grocery budget on totally non-local foods like avocados and pineapples and coffee and exotic spices. Sometimes I don't want to spend two hours cooking dinner from scratch (and then another hour cleaning up all the extra pots and pans in my kitchen with no dishwasher). Sometimes I just want to throw in the tea-towel and order takeout.

2. I'm super shy, to the point where when I see something I don't recognize at the Farmer's Market I'll pass it by because I'm too nervous to ask the super-friendly vendors about it. (Crazy, right?) Then I'll go home and Google something like "round purple root vegetable" so I can figure out what I was looking at, and then hope that they have it at the market again the next week so I can buy it.

3. Sometimes I find myself being a Judgie McJudgerson when I see how other people eat...especially family and close friends. I HATE being judgmental. It's not like I'm some perfect locavore, and even if I was it wouldn't give me the right to feel superior to anyone else.

About Art Creating:
1. I have to admit there are plenty of parts of the art-creation process which I don't like at all - measuring things, signing things, photographing things for the internet. It's not that I don't think these things are important...they totally are. I'm just not especially good at them, and I HATE doing things I'm not good at (especially when I try really hard and I still make mistakes). Playing with fun supplies and pretty colors is the best...I wish I could put someone else in charge of the other stuff.

2. I'm never completely happy with my finished work...there's ALWAYS something that I could have done a little bit better. I'm totally my own worst critic. Until recently, I didn't even like my art enough to try to become a professional artist, even though it's my passion. Luckily my husband is my biggest fan and he's managed to convince me that I'm actually talented (thank you Ed)!

3. I know I'm just starting out on my journey to become a professional artist, and that I should be enjoying the process, but sometimes I get super impatient...I want a completed portfolio, a solo show in a local gallery, my own art studio, and a huge group of adoring fans/patrons and I want them now! (Sometimes I worry that I'll never have any of these things and that I'm just wasting my time).

There are plenty of other things I'm afraid to tell you about being a blogger, a wife, a mom, a musician, a person living in this giant complicated world that can make me feel so teeny-tiny sometimes. Thank you for letting me share these secrets with you...

- Lori

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

At the Market: April Abundance

I totally meant to write this post on Saturday after I got back from Gossett's Farmer's Market, but then I had to make these cupcakes for my little monkey's first birthday party on Sunday and they took FOREVER (these are by NO means local or organic or all natural...I hope to do better next year!)
Monkey Cupcakes - NOT from the Farmer's Market :)
Then I meant to post on Sunday, but I was so busy preparing for, enjoying and then cleaning up from Dylan's party...my favorite part was the gift opening...little kids get such fun things!
"Mommy likes to pretend she's a farmer" - playing with Dylan's new plastic watering can.
Monday morning I woke up with the beginning of a 48-hour-long migraine, so no staring at computer screens for me. Don't worry, I used the time wisely, reading The Hunger Games trilogy - reading about people starving made me especially thankful for the abundance of amazing locally grown food I have access to!

So, here we are on Wednesday and I'm finally writing...I haven't blogged or worked on my new piece, "Triad" at all this week, but I sure have been eating well!

There was so much AMAZING produce at the market on Saturday, it was really difficult for me to limit my purchases. I HAD to have some of Madura Farms' snow peas...and then I HAD to eat a handful of them directly out of my market basket the moment I got home...they taste like springtime.
Snow Peas
I also HAD to buy these gorgeous red potatoes so I could make potato salad for Dylan's party. Have you ever had potato salad made with local potatoes, celery, scallions and dill? It's both the bees knees AND the cat's pajamas...I totally will be posting my recipe here soon!

Red Potatoes
These yellow oyster mushrooms from Madura Farms might be the prettiest things I've seen all week..so darn beautiful.
Yellow Oyster Mushrooms
The eggs I got from Gaia's Breath Farm this week are amazing...all different sizes and colors. I swear I petted them and stared at them and gushed over them for several minutes before buying them. 
Organic Free-Range Eggs
And then I bought these lovely little Parisian Market carrots. They taste more "carroty" than any other carrot I've ever eaten...total flavor explosion.
Parisian Market Carrots
In addition to tables full of gorgeous greens, Migliorelli Farm was selling some beautiful purple scallions...I love the color contrast of the reddish purple and yellowish green in these. Definitely drawing-worthy.
Purple Scallions

Having so much to choose from is wonderful and a bit overwhelming...and it's only going to get more challenging in the coming weeks as more farmer's markets open for the season (Gossett's is the only year-round market that I've been to).

This Week's Harvest:
Red Potatoes - Madura Farms
Gadzukes Zucchini - Madura Farms
Red Leaf Lettuce - Madura Farms
Snow Peas - Madura Farms
Vine Ripe Tomatoes - Madura Farms
Green Cauliflower - Madura Farms
Hot House Cucumbers - Madura Farms
Ramps - Gaia's Breath Farm
Parisian Market Carrots - Gaia's Breath Farm
Free-Range Organic Eggs - Gaia's Breath Farm
Spring Turnips - Migliorelli Farm
Scallions - Migliorelli Farm
Spinach - Migliorelli Farm
Radishes - Migliorelli Farm
Broccoli Rabe - Migliorelli Farm



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