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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Farmers Market and Daffodils

Monday, March 9, 2015

Come into the kitchen where a fresh cut bouquet of daffodils
sits on a Farmers Market wooden tray on the island and
a collection of Farmers Market linens hangs close by.
All bring cheer to a French country kitchen ready for the sunshine of spring.

Boxes and boxes of tightly unopened daffodils were stacked 
in the flower section of the grocery store this week. 
Another shopper and I looked at them 
with questions about whether we should risk buying them. 

Would they open? 

On the day of grocery shopping, we'd had gloomy skies and 
record low temperatures for over two weeks. 
G l o o m 
All my daffodils had wilted under ice and snow 
and were hanging with their faces on the wet muddy ground. 

At a special price of 99¢ per bundle of 10 stems, 
I took a chance and bought 5 bundles 
wondering if that was enough to fill my white pitcher. 

Wondering if the limpy stems would open... 

Oh, yes, 5 bundles were enough! 
Overnight the tight buds unfurled and filled my white pitcher 
with spring cheer. 

Placed on the French Farmers Market tray on the kitchen counter, 
they were just the thing to dispel the gloom 
of overcast skies and frigid temperatures. 

A little red chalk board rooster added another bright spot of color with 
its reminder to buy eggs from the market. 

A Farmers Market list grew. 
Daffodils are on the list in case there are more at the grocery. 

A vintage brass oil can makes a great place to clip notes and lists 
using an office store gold colored bulldog clip.  

I found this little can at Chipper's antique store near my mom's house. 
The bottom still has the original price tag of 39¢ stamped in ink. 
I paid more than 39¢, but still got a good bargain. 
When I bought it I wasn't sure how I would use it, but   
I love the way it feels when I hold it and 
love its long spout with the bend at the end. 

While the little oil can is old, it is in perfect condition. 

How would you use it? 

The Farmers Market tray and daffodils vignette brings spring to the kitchen  
AND gives a little touch of France. 

 The Farmers Market design reminds me of Provence with its 
bright oranges, reds, and yellows, and French script. 
Le Coq (rooster) has been a French national symbol 
throughout French history. 

The French Revolution flag included a rooster, 
and the new Republic's seal also included a rooster. 
Some current day large French companies and 
sports teams use le coq in their logos. 

French Farmers Market linens hang across from the pantry 
adding more bright spring cheer. 

Today is the first day of blue skies 
and bright sunshine flooding the kitchen in almost three weeks. 

Sometimes aprons hang here; but other times like today, 
kitchen linens that go with the season hang here. 

Right next to the crown hooks holding the linens is the coat closet. 

Two fabric French Farmers Market bags are easy to grab 
as going out the door to the market. 

French Farmers Market linens and tray with daffodils are just the things 
to brighten gloomy winter days and give hope for
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