eBA photography intern Benjamin Sisco got in touch with the folks of Hand Picked Produce at Rincon Valley Farmers Market on September 3 to see what kind of produce was for sale, then chose the items that most interested him to photograph in his studio. We hope you enjoy his up-close look at the produce which graces Baja Arizona’s farmers markets.
On a late Saturday afternoon of September 3rd, I had the pleasure of meeting Gil Mejias, owner of Hand Picked Produce. I had been in contact with Shiloh via Facebook, also from the same business. She generously offered to have delivered a bounty of produce to my home, for which I was very grateful.
Gil got to meet my little Yorkie, Tripp, who bounced up and down, as he becomes so excited with visitors. We sat at the kitchen table and Gil laid out produce from that day’s market. I got out my little notepad and he told me all about the foods that I was interested in.
With regard to photography, I have a weakness for peppers and enjoy having them as subjects. I wasn’t disappointed, as there were bell, Serrano, jalapeño and Anaheim peppers. I also chose Asian pears, lemon cucumbers (which I had never seen or heard of), a Midnight Beauty eggplant, a yellow flesh watermelon and kuri squash (also new to me). For this set of images, I decided to take the kuri squash, but to defer photographing it.
Here the red bell, Serrano, jalapeño and Anaheim peppers posed for a group pepper portrait. The red bell pepper is from Wholesome Harvest, a certified organic company in Willcox, AZ. All of the other peppers are from San Xavier Co-op farm in Tucson, AZ.
The Asian pears huddled together on the wet marble. They are the Hosui variety from Apple Annie’s Orchard in Willcox, AZ. The pears are naturally grown with no pesticides.
A pair of lemon cucumbers from We B’ Jamin farm in Three Points, AZ hopped on top of one another. No pesticides are used whatsoever at the farm.
The yellow flesh watermelon got all up in my lens. The watermelon is from San Xavier Co-op farm.
The Midnight Beauty eggplant is from Tucson Village Farm. The Serrano pepper from San Xavier Co-op farm photobombed this one!
Many thanks to Gil and Shiloh from Hand Picked Produce for bringing me these wonderful local foods and for the great work they do. I hope you enjoy the images. I certainly had a good time finding ways to make them!