“If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
How many of us remember the old rhyme “to market to market to buy a fat hen”? In times past markets were the only way to buy produce and protein for the daily table. Of late the street market is once again thriving in cities and towns everywhere. Farmers and local growers enjoy an outlet for their products and consumers can choose from an array of fresh foods of all kinds.
“He who is not satisfied with a little, is satisfied with nothing .”
One of the stops along our travel route this past month was in Santa Monica where we spent time with good friends at the local farmers’ market. While much can be said about the quality and freshness of fruits and vegetable here in the south and across the country, to me there is nothing quite as wonderful as fresh produce in California. Driving from LA to San Francisco, we were amazed by the incredibly vast fields of olives, almonds, avocados, oranges, garlic – you name it we saw it growing!
“The more challenging the obstacles in life, the greater the satisfaction in overcoming them.”
Because we had walked to the market we were a bit restricted in what we could carry home, but that didn’t stop us from buying some of the most delicious peaches, strawberries, tomatoes and breads I’ve ever eaten. Beyond the pleasure of the food, we also enjoyed people-watching and of course photography 😀.
“To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction is to live twice.”
One interesting activity during this visit was helping my friend research and purchase a new camera. Since I’m not in the market for equipment I’ll admit I’ve not spent much time studying what’s out there. Things have certainly come a long way since I bought my last weapon several years ago. Searching for an easy-to-use, lightweight, fixed-lens alternative that wouldn’t break the bank led to her choice of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. It has an incredible zoom range of 25 to 400mm and good performance in low light – perfect for her upcoming trip to Africa (and yes, I’m insanely jealous of her trip!). The farmers market provided a great opportunity for a quick photography lesson and some shooting practice.
“Satisfaction comes from working next to 500 photographers and coming away with something different.”
Hopefully the vendors that day were satisfied with the results of their efforts – I know we were more than satisfied with our choices. As for my friend’s camera selection, here’s hoping that by the end of her trip she’s satisfied with her decision. I’ll be awaiting her results with eager anticipation!