Writing Activity: Describe a Market

Every Saturday morning all summer long, the parking lot across the street from me is transformed. Friday night, it’s full of sports cars and sparsely moustached, beer-guzzling boys with cell phones and car stereos that shake the glass of my front windows, but come Saturday morning at eight, it’s a farmer’s market. There is the fey fella selling homemade dog biscuits, the family-run fireweed honey corporation, the lesbian cheese makers from Salspring Island, a gumpy poter, and a sunburnt man selling bundles of organic mustard greens and butter lettuce. You can buy cherries and maple syrup, visit the latte wagon, and get gardening advice. You can sign petitions and join a jam-making group that donates to the food bank. There are face painters and banjo players. People wear sandals and the dogs rarely get into fights, because everyone is too busy saying hello and showing off their new bedding plants. Yard sales spring up spontaneously on street corners.

Ivan Coyote, One In Every Crowd, opening to “Saturdays and Cowboy Hats”
Johann Mongles Culverhouse - Moonlit Market
Johann Mongles Culverhouse – Moonlit Market
'A Fishmarket in Venice' Postcard illustrator unknown
‘A Fishmarket in Venice’ Postcard illustrator unknown
'The Merchant of Venice' Illustration by Nikolai Zhukov, 1962
‘The Merchant of Venice’ Illustration by Nikolai Zhukov, 1962
Achiel Van Sassenbrouck market
Achiel Van Sassenbrouck
Mr. Jollys sidewalk market, 1963 illustrator, Laura Jean Allen
Mr. Jollys sidewalk market, 1963 illustrator, Laura Jean Allen
Barbara Cooney (1917-2000)  illustrations for Mother Goose 1964 in French market
Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) illustrations for Mother Goose 1964 in French market
Jane Werner (1914-2005) and Cornelius De Witt (1925-1970) collaborated and produced this 1949 book called- Words How They Look and What They Tell market
Jane Werner (1914-2005) and Cornelius De Witt (1925-1970) collaborated and produced this 1949 book called- Words How They Look and What They Tell
The Ladybird Book Of Bedtime Stories Geoffrey Lapage, Illustrations George Brook (Wills & Hepworth Ltd., Loughborough UK, 9th edition 1950)  market
The Ladybird Book Of Bedtime Stories Geoffrey Lapage, Illustrations George Brook (Wills & Hepworth Ltd., Loughborough UK, 9th edition 1950) market
Heidi and Peter In The City by Alain Gree 1971 street vendor
Heidi and Peter In The City by Alain Gree 1971
Victorian-Era lemonade vendor on the streets of London -- 1872. Illustration by Gustave Doré (1832-1883)
Victorian-Era lemonade vendor on the streets of London — 1872. Illustration by Gustave Doré (1832-1883)
Charles E. Martin, New Yorker cover illustration, 1976
Charles E. Martin, New Yorker cover illustration, 1976
Helen Jacobs (American, 1888–1970) The Fairy Market
Helen Jacobs (American, 1888–1970) The Fairy Market
Florence Harrison, 1877-1955, Australia, UK, Fairy Peddlars market fruit
Florence Harrison, 1877-1955, Australia, UK, Fairy Peddlars market
Winter scene by Anton Pieck, Dutch (1895-1986)
Winter scene by Anton Pieck, Dutch (1895-1986)
Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987)
Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987)
Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987) European market winter Christmas
Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987) European market
Lemon girl young adult novella

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