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!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sashiko Stitching workshop at the Genesee Valley Quilt Club

Sashiko Stitching: a form of embroidery originating in Japan. The term means “little stabs”: a running stitch using special white thread worked on an indigo background. Sashiko stitching creates striking designs that can vary from geometric patterns, to family crests or stylized motifs from nature like flowers or animals.
    In this workshop, learn the basic Sashiko techniques, using a printed sashiko design on indigo fabric. With the embroidered design, make a pillow, table runner, place mat or a small wall hanging, Complete your project with supplied indigo fabric or additional fabric you bring to class. If making a pillow, bring pillow form.

    The workshop will be part of the September 2016 program of the Genesee Valley Quilt Club. To find out about the organization and its programs, please check out the organization's web site,

Friday, October 30, 2015

A Pilgrimage to WW2 Japanese-American Internment Camps

Two months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast were forcibly removed from their homes and imprisoned in ten concentration camps located in remote and desolate parts of the country.

Seventy years after the last camp closed, Notch and Margaret Miyake travelled to all of them to honor the sacrifices of the internees and to learn from their experience. They have produced an exhibit documenting their journey and raising issues that are increasingly relevant as the nation struggles to respond to terrorism and illegal immigration:

Photographs by Margaret Miyake
Kinetic Gallery, MacVittie College Union, SUNY Geneseo
November 4, 2015 - December 9, 2015

Opening Reception and Talk by Notch Miyake
4:00 pm, November 4, 2015