Saturday, May 19, 2018

Blooming Rochester

Highland Park in Rochester is filled with flowers right now. This is also the week of its famous Lilac Festival. The park is filled with flowers as well as food trucks serving blooming onions, french fries,  elk jerky, roasted turkey legs, sushi, cotton candy, kettle korn, tacos, poutine, crepes, spring rolls, fried dough, kabobs, pizza, wraps, bbq, bacon dogs, deep-fried oreos, stuffed grape leaves, ice cream - a fast food feast with foods from around the world !

Monday, April 2, 2018

March for Our Lives, March 24, 2018

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES, organized by the young whose lives are most affected by gun violence in schools, on streets and in neighborhoods, drew more than 30,000 protesters in Atlanta, Georgia, to support them. I joined the march to photograph and protest, walk with my daughter-in-law and grandson who participated in his first protest march.

A "sea of posters" expressed why we marched: 
Books not Bullets;
Arms are for Hugging; 
Kids Shouldn't Fear School; 
Enough-Support Gun Control; 
Protest brings Change-Change brings Progress; 
Actually Guns Do Kill People; 
My Fear isn't Finals, Guns Are; 
Why are Guns more Important than Our Kids?
Disarm Hate; 
Black Lives Matter; 
End White Supremacy; 
Only Thing Easier to Buy than a Gun, is a GOP Candidate; 
Arms are for Caring, Not Killing; 

Facebook posting: 
"On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Atlanta, GA to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. 

School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying 

when they should be learning, playing, and growing. 

The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. 

Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear." Hosted by March For Our Lives - Atlanta and Georgia Alliance for Social Justice

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Marching in Rochester

Since the inauguration of the current president of the United States, many in the community are outraged. They are pooling their resources to express stands against racism, against bigotry, against hate, against fracking. They are supporting immigration, health care, education, science, women's rights, voting. Protesters are young and old, from all ethnic backgrounds, supporting one another against the powerful and heavily funded political machine in office. These are some of the photographs taken during the past year - during the Education March, the Science March, the Women's March II, the United Community Response: Race to End Racism.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Rochester Public Market Calendar 2018

Rochester Public Market - 2018 celebrates A New Look; still the great vendors, produce, shoppers and food! In July a new Winter Shed was opened. It replaces the one dating from the 1970s. The new enclosed shed updates all the facilitates like new bathrooms, electrical, lighting and an increased footprint which expands the vendors' stalls and wider aisles for shoppers.

Here is January - vendors selling ingredients to make a satisfying, nourishing meal from locally made pasta, locally made bread, olive oil, onions, home grown pears, apples, parsley, carrots onions. 

Calendars are available for purchase. For more information, please contact me at 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SewlSisters Retreat in the Adirondacks - June 2017

Thanks to Ann who opened up her Adirondacks "cottage" for us to gather and grow - as quilters and friends.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Market Memories

I went to the Rochester Public Market to buy onions. I came home with much more—shiny purple onions, deep orange carrots, bright green kale, deep red tomatoes, and most importantly with having met the farmers who grew the produce.

Now when I prepare a soup, salad, pie or stew, I think of the farmers from whom I bought the produce. My memories of our visits when I stop by to shop, enrich the dishes I prepare as much as the ingredients they have grown on their farms.

For years now I have gotten to know many of the farmers and vendors who sell at the market. I used the hook of taking their pictures as a way to get to know them. They realized what I was doing when I gave them copies of their pictures.

This book is a compilation of many photographs I have taken over the past ten years. I have included photographs vendors whose passing saddens me—they are still an important part of my memories of the market. Some of the photographs included are of families whose children are a foot taller today than when I took their picture.

Although I have no official affiliation with the market, I appreciate the support of the market office has given me when I had several exhibits of my photographs.

May we all value and support our local farmers whose dedication to the land and to growing fruits, vegetables and even flowers nourish and enrich all our lives. Thank you. 

Margaret W. Miyake
Rochester, New York

Below is the cover and a couple of sample pages. For more information, please contact me through this blog. All photographs and design are copyrighted-Margaret W. Miyake. Thanks!