Photo by Carol Ann Sayle
In the last hour of our farm stand market, folks sometimes ask us, "What do you do with the leftovers?"
Well, you probably think that we would be bummed out that any vegetables languished at market's end, with no chance of being turned into, ahem, MONEY. But, curiously, we are not; we expect a few leftovers. We even cherish them. For example, the eggplants in the photo are the remainders of a table full of multiple, giant circles of eggplants with which we opened the market.
These too would have been sold, but Austin, The Live Music Capital of the World--so it's titled by Austinites, of course--celebrated live music from all over (the world) at the Austin City Limits festival this weekend. So of course, traffic was horrendous, as 50 million buses parked at curbs all over downtown and 100,000 music lovers jaywalked, biked, skated, and slogged through the rain to get to Zilker Park to listen, standing up, in the rain.
Meanwhile, we were trying to have our market--which half of our customers could not attend, as they couldn't get through downtown.
So in sympathy and in honor of the great beauty of these last eggplants, I arranged them in a facsimile of their 7 a.m. theatrical pattern, even though their numbers were diminished by those crafty enough to find alternative routes to the farm.