I Spy: At Santa Monica Farmers' Market

Fresh lavender at the Farmers' Market.

My favorite childhood book- hands down- was Harriet The Spy. Have you read it? Harriet- the anti-heroine- helped change my life back in the Dark Ages. It was 1964 and girls were expected to giggle and take ballet and dream of party dresses. We were encouraged to walk with books on our heads to cultivate a ladylike gait, and practice buttoning the baby teeth pearls on our slim white gloves with nimble, dainty fingers. 

But, as you may have guessed, I was neither dainty or particularly infatuated with the girly stuff of being a girl. I was bored to tears with feminine training. I didn't long to be an object that was admired. I wanted to actually do something. To create something. I wanted to be Harriet the Spy. I bought a notebook just like Harriet, scribbled down stories and drew pictures. I created a world. It was my book of secrets. 

Today I roam the streets of Santa Monica with an iPhone. I take pictures. I walk and look and catch snippets of conversation. I photograph street life and shop windows, found art and empty spaces. The iPhone is my notebook now. I am recording my observations

And today, here is what I saw. Hope you enjoy it.

Scenes from Saturday's Santa Monica Farmers' Market.
iPhoneography by Karri Allrich ©2010



Anonymous said...

Nice shots. We were there today too!

Tinsley, Yet Another Gluten Free Gal said...


Love this post & I LOVED Harriet the Spy. I felt the same way and actually made my own spy tool belt that I wore around as much as my mother would let me - it had a mirror, a flash light, pens & pencils, and of course, my notebook. It was awesome.

Thanks for all of your wonderful blog posts and for inspiring my child-like "spy side" to come back out. You're pictures are so cool too - I especially like the one of the berries. It's amazing what an iPhone can do!


Cassandra said...

I LOVED Harriet the Spy. I bought a notebook and went around taking notes about everyone and everything around me. Such a great book!

Elisa said...

Beautiful Flowers! I want them! I love reading your blog and want to try some of your yummy recipes. I am not allergic to gluten, but love healthy eating, and all of your recipes I have read seem to fit in there pretty good. My aunt is a celiac and alot of her children are to. She was asking me where I buy my quinoa, and if I know of somewhere she can buy alot of it and have it shipped to her. So this is just a random question, but if you know of a bulk website that can ship it to her house could you let me know. Thanks so much. ejpetersonfam@gmail.com

Elisa Peterson

lyn said...

Hi Karina,

I also loved all non-girly things & Harriet the Spy. I even had the thick glasses & funky hair (not by choice, just one of those awkward periods of childhood). I didn't like Barbie, I liked GI Joe. This post featuring such beautifully soft & green plants & produce, even a person wearing a jacket (!) is like a nice refreshing dip in a cool pool for this desert dweller who is at this very moment experiencing the heat of a Tucson summer!

And, I also really like your blog! I went GF last year after finding out my fibromyalgia responded well to eliminating gluten & your blog was a happy discovery. Pamela's Bread Mix (& the Baking mix) has saved me from experiencing a bread deprived insanity. Your last post with the baguette recipe had me so excited that I ordered the French bread pan as soon as I could click over to Amazon!

I have just made a fresh loaf in my bread machine trying out a mix I have not tried before & in case you haven't tried it I thought I would share it since there aren't too many GF bread machine friendly mixes out there-- Bob's Red Mill "Homemade Wonderful Bread Mix". I had tried their "multi-grain" in the past & did not like it, but this one is fantastic. Tastes kind of like a sourdough & made a nice big, soft loaf with a lightly crisp crust. It isn't quite as sweet as the Pamela's bread mix. You can see it on their website & check out the nutritional stats also. http://www.bobsredmill.com/gf-homemade-wonderful-bread.html

Happy baking & thanks for all you do!


The InTolerant Chef said...

I was a Harriet convert too. I still have little secrets hidden around the house and it's a nice warm feeling!

Gluten Free Anna said...

I wanted to be a spy for years b/c of Harriet the Spy! And I love these pics so much. Ever since moving to LA, I've so enjoyed the plethora of farmer's markets, and these pics capture them perfectly.


Anonymous said...


Oh the memories of Harriet, and Pippi, and Anne! I was raised to climb trees, play with frogs, and run wild with the boys. Your photos are beautiful, as always. Do you use a special app on your iPhone?

Karina Allrich said...

I am so thrilled to find other Harriet the Spy aficionados out there. Thanks, everyone, for your comments. xox

As for the camera app- I most often use Camerabag. You can see more of my iPhone photography at my blog: karriography ::


ispeakinprose said...

I miss this farmer's market so much! I used to live in Santa Monica but now I'm miles and miles away. My parents are visiting next week and I'm hoping they'll be able to smuggle some California produce through customs. It really is the best. Thanks for posting!


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