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Welcome to the August 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Farmer’s Markets This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about something new they’ve learned about their local farmers. *** We mostly rely on our CSA for local organic fruits and vegetables, so we have gotten out of the habit of going to the farmers market. Our CSA is terribly convenient, but sometimes there’s nothing like a face to face meeting with farmers and our neighbors. While we were on our summer travels, we decided to make a little trip to the farmers market as a fun family friendly activity. What a great market we stumbled upon!
I loved that in the midst of a business park surrounded by every fast food joint imaginable, people were flocking to this little farmers market to get a healthy dose of real food and real community! At this time of year, you could easily substitute an entire trip to the grocery store with a visit to the farmers market. There was a full selection of meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, honey, cheese, and baked goods.
We got an amazing loaf of Italian Parmesan bread as fluffy as a cloud. Mr. Social BabyE loved seeing all of the people out and about, and he charmed all the grannies with his big smile. He also enjoyed some of our farmers market loot. He ate one of the juicy sweet peaches all by himself.
We had so much fun at the Saturday market that we decided to visit another in a nearby town on Wednesday evening. There was such a festive mood at the night time event helped by a big crowd and a local band playing.
I loved that many of the vendors seemed to be bringing produce to market from their home gardens. Two heads of lettuce, a bunch of kale, two dozen zucchini on a card table was enough to make a booth. A baby slept soundly in a sling, little mouth hanging open, while his mama sold her veggies and chatted with customers. There was lovely chunky yarn being spun from local animals, all hand dyed and gorgeous. Get this my urban dwelling friends: raw milk for $4 per half gallon! It was such a lovely event that left me saying, this is what it’s all about!
We had a great time visiting these small town farmers markets. I hope to visit our own urban markets more as we continue to enjoy the summer.
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*** Visit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting! Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants: (This list will be live and updated by afternoon August 14 with all the carnival links.)
The Olympia Farmer’s Market (and a giveaway!) — Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes and family took a trip to their state capitol to experience a new market. See what they saw, and enter to win a book written about that very market.
Montessori-Inspired Vegetable Unit — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares links to Montessori-inspired vegetable printables and activities to help your family get the most out of a trip to the farmer’s market.
Markets — How sustainable mum has fitted a monthly farmers market into a weekly food shop.
Beyond the Farm — Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy and her family enjoy looking beyond the food at the local farmer’s market to see the wares of the over vendors.
Magic at the Market — Do you ever take time to really look at the food you eat? Amy at Anktangle enjoys marveling at the beauty (and the utility) of the foods and goods available at the farmers’ market.
Farmer’s Market Discoveries — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen reminisces about the discoveries she’s made at the Farmer’s Market throughout the years.
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