Saturday Smiles: New Finds at Santa Barbara Farmers Market

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Blue Shackamaxon beans are an ancient Lenni Lenape pole bean.  We were gifted a start for this wonderful bean and will add it to our “forever” garden lineup.  These beans are prolific, beautiful and tasty too!  The green pods quickly fill with beans then turn a purple/blue color as they bulge with beans

We found these beautiful beans at Roots Organic stand, and they are a new (heirloom) offering.  Also they can tomatoes from their harvest aptly named, "Summer In a Bottle".

These sea beans pictured above are: Salicornia is a genus of succulent, halophyte flowering plants in the family Amaranthaceae that grow in salt marshes, on beaches, and among mangroves. Salicornia species are native to North America, Europe, South Africa, and South Asia. Wikipedia

I was told that you can toss them in the water when steaming shellfish and they salt the water perfectly and scent it with the taste of the sea.

Pictured above are another heirloom variety of eggplant.  We loved their shape and color.

These colorful sweet peppers begged to have their photo taken... And I obliged!

Last but not least are these beautiful bundles of arugula.  They are very tasty with a hint of spiciness.


Wishing you all an abundance of Saturday Smiles and a great weekend!

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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

It seems like you always have something new and different at your market. The purple eggplant and pepper asst. Are very colorful. Wishing you both a superb weekend.

Jul 13, 2019 06:49 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Ron and Alexandra Seigel -  those veggies look great.  I assume the they have some recipes.

Jul 13, 2019 06:58 AM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I learned something new about sea beans today. You are right about the sweet peppers, their photo did beg to be taken!

I enjoy learning how to prepare some of the more obscure selections such as the sea beans. 

Jul 13, 2019 06:59 AM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a great idea for salting with sea beans. I'll be sure to share this with the Chef.  As usual, enjoyed the photos of your trip to the market. 

Jul 13, 2019 07:32 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Ron and Alexandra,  Wow lots of great information on beans.  I can see were some of these I would like to try in some recipes.


Jul 13, 2019 08:25 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Alexandra... I've never heard of any of those beans nor of heirloom eggplants. So it's not a stretch to say I've never seen any of them either! Then again, I do lead a sheltered life! 

Jul 13, 2019 08:54 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Alexandra and Ron - as others have commented, the selection you have shared with us is extensive and much(if not all) of it serves as an  introduction.  Onto the next discovery.  Maybe jumping beans?  

Jul 13, 2019 09:04 AM #8
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Ron and Alexandra Seigel, another Saturday and the weekly trip to the Santa Barbara Farmers Market.  I check out all the things you emphasize and realize that when I do, I am seeing them through the eyes of an artist. Secondary is the weekly introduction to new items at the market, many of which I am unfamiliar.  I certainly was tempted and would have purchased several jars of 'Summer in a Bottle.'  Have a wonderful weekend visiting with your niece, Alexandra.  How magical and exciting to show her 'your California.'  Enjoy your visit.

Jul 13, 2019 11:28 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ron and Alexandra and happy Saturday. Your Farmer's Market continues to amaze me with all that they have to offer...and unusual items as well. I loved the photo of all of the peppers. 

Jul 13, 2019 03:28 PM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I know I can always count on you Alexandra, to present the unusual and unique at your local farmer's market.  Those Sea Beans are especially interesting.

Jul 13, 2019 03:45 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Ron and Alexandra, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jul 13, 2019 03:45 PM #12
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I enjoy photos of your Farmers Market. I have never heard of the Blue Shackamaxon beans and would love to try them. 

Jul 13, 2019 06:00 PM #13
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alexandra.

Another first for me.  Never heard or seen sea beans before.  So much to learn, so little time

Jul 14, 2019 01:03 AM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I always enjoy your visits to the farmers' market.

Thanks for sharing  your photographs.

Jul 14, 2019 04:22 AM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I find a Saturday without the Santa Barbara farmers market to be a day without sunshine. Thank you Alexandra!!

Jul 14, 2019 08:27 AM #16
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Alexandra. These posts make me happy and are so upbeat and colorful.

Jul 14, 2019 12:10 PM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Myrl Jeffcoat thank you for the feature.  If I could have, I would have bought one sea bean to try.  A

Jul 14, 2019 04:50 PM #18
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jane Chaulklin-Schott Thank you for your nice comments.   Those items are unfamiliar to me also, and I have learned so much from visiting the market.  A

Jul 14, 2019 04:52 PM #19
Leif Price
Spot Color Marketing - Portland, OR
Content Marketing Specialist

Very interesting! Some of them I have never seen. Always good to learn something new.

Jul 14, 2019 07:05 PM #20
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Lovely pictures but I had to laugh on the first one becasue we have a neighbor in Florida who has a I live sea beans sticker on his rear bumper. Thus, everyonme calls him Sea Beans.

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