Sunday, October 5, 2014

Autumn Scene on Sant' Erasmo, This Afternoon

This weekend was the Festa del Mosto on Sant' Erasmo, an annual celebration of agriculture and the typical products of this island known as "l'orto di Venezia", or the city's garden. There were booths of various sorts, a very good turnout, and very long lines for food, but the most intensely seasonal display we happened upon was not part of the festa proper at all, but the farm stand pictured above located some distance down the road from the festivities and staffed by a nine or ten-year-old boy while his father and uncle worked nearby. The broccoli alone, imbued with something like the tender sensuous flush of an orchid--broccoli as inspiration for purple prose! yes, broccoli!--was worth the trip. 

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