Since August 2006 I have been photographing at the Rochester Public Market. When I prepare a meal like vegetable soup for instance, I'll think of each farmer as I chop and cook--Brent's potatoes, Anita and Louie's carrots, Richard's kale, Carol and Wally's tomatoes, Jeff's basil, Betty and Rev. Moss's green beans, Gerte and Sam's zucchini, and Frank's garlic.
How much more meaningful shopping, cooking and eating have become since I've met and gotten to know more than a hundred farmers and vendor at the market. Rev. Moss impressed me the day he was wearing a suit. He had had to officiate at friend's funeral. Sam and Gerte Pitti's fruits are as delicious as their vegetables.