I find it a real treat to time my visit to Monterey on the day of the farmer's market. The fact that it was located just two blocks from where I was staying was an extra bonus. I wasn't particularly keen on buying anything in particular, but I was eager to capture some shots.
I was very taken by all the colors.
Not many farmer's market has fresh seafood.
Me and my love affair with facades.
In a couple of hours I was eating at a steak house so I wasn't really planning on sampling anything, but I spotted this Lebanese stall....
And the zatar piqued my interest and my taste buds.
Zatar (from wiki) also romanized zaatar, za'tar, zatar, zatr, zattr, zahatar, zaktar or satar) is a generic name for a family of related Middle Eastern herbs from the genera Origanum (Oregano), Calamintha (Basil thyme), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) and Satureja (Savory). It is also the name for a condiment made from the dried herb(s), mixed together with sesame seeds, dried sumac, and often salt, as well as other spices. Used in Arab cuisine, both the herb and spice mixture are popular throughout the Middle East
Zatar is spread over pita bread and baked or cooked over this special gadget :). We tried the vegeterian version and it was very flavorful. I called the restaurant and asked if we could reschedule our dinner reservations to 9 pm that night. The zatar was filling.
I love to listen to music when in farmer's market.