Another day, another awesome farmers market.
On Saturday, Fin hung out in Half Moon Bay, Ca., a sleepy little town about 25 miles south of San Francisco. Surrounded by local organic produce, fresh caught seafood, and belly dancers, we spent the morning and afternoon talking to the locals and collecting signatures.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that we continue to encounter amazing generosity from the men and women selling their produce, local cheeses and fresh-caught fish at these markets. Not only do they immediately offer up their signatures for our petition, but this is generally followed by offerings of fresh peaches, roasted nuts, smoked salmon, strawberries, cheese and other delicious treats. My personal favorite being the pluot, a cross between a plum and an apricot for the uninitiated
Our Saturday at the farmers market in Half Moon Bay was followed by Sunday at another thriving farmers market in Menlo Park, which is just outside of Palo Alto. This was possibly our most successful brush with a farmers market. Not only was it packed with interested people, but one of the sellers mentioned that we should stop at their farm on the way to Santa Cruz. We of course took them up on this offer and were suddenly enjoying chocolate dipped strawberries within view of the pounding California surf.
And the happy coincidences continued to roll-in as we met a lovely family from the area that informed us we were at Scott's Creek, which happens to be the Southern most salmon run in California. And it got even better when the family invited us to dinner at their house which sits right on the side of the creek. After we pulled up, I was given a walking tour of the creek by their seven year old son Rowen, who pointed out each little salmon that would over the coming months grow big and strong in preparation for their journey up Scott's Creek and into the Pacific Ocean.
It was truly a magical day and evening.
After a soothing back-country sleep, we awoke to deliver Fin to a photo shoot at the meeting point of Scott's Creek and the Pacific Ocean, and as I write this we are just pulling in to the Patagonia store in Santa Cruz, where we will be spending the morning and early afternoon.
So, tune in again soon to hear of our continued adventures on the road with America's favorite giant salmon.