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Charmed by Two Small Town Markets
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 and . 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.
Have you visited your local farmer’s market lately?
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— Lorie at Reading Confetti shares ideas and books to help kids get the most from the farmers market experience.
— Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares the ten lessons she hopes to impart to her daughter about the importance of shopping at local farmers markets.
Charmed by Two Small Town Markets — Shannon at GrowingSlower was charmed by two small-town farmers markets while on vacation.
— 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.
— Exploring the farmers market by Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy writing at Natural Parents Network — with a scavenger hunt!
— That Mama Gretchen is in the midst of creating a learning tool for her toddler and it’s all about the market!
— Megz at Aspen Mama loves building memories as a vendor at the Market.
— 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.
— How sustainable mum has fitted a monthly farmers market into a weekly food shop.
— Andrea and family at Tales of Goodness adapt their farmers marketing approach to make everyone happy.
— Sam at Love Parenting writes about her dream of self-sufficiency and her lack of gardening skills!
— Even though the experience can sometimes be less than peaceful, MomeeeZen shares why she enjoys taking her family to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.
— Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM had a great time letting her toddler lead the way at the farmer’s market…
— Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter answers questions about her life growing up on a small family farm in New England.
— Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares her family’s summertime challenge to eliminate trips to the grocery store and rely almost exclusively on local, farm-fresh foods.
— Lauren at Hobo Mama takes trips to farms, gardens, and markets within reach of a big city.
— Justine at The Lone Home Ranger finally gets up the guts to talk to her farmers and learns she is among ardent food lovers.
— Kellie at Our Mindful Life is excited to make a new find at her new farmers market.
— jessica at instead of institution takes some time out to write a love note.
— Dionna at Code Name: Mama chatted with a few farmers to bring you some insider information on how to get the most out of your local farmer’s market.
— Erica at ChildOrganics gives you a tour of her favorite vendors at her local farmers market and discusses the benefits of creating community through the market.
— Jorje shares her family’s field trip to a local dairy. Learn what you can appreciate from a small town farm at Momma Jorje.com.
— Alinka at Baby Web convinces an Italian Farmer & Cook to reveal a precious minestrone recipe and shares it with her readers.
— Carli at One Fit Mom takes her family to meet the chickens that have been providing their daily eggs.
— 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.
— 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.
— Laura from Pug in the Kitchen reminisces about the discoveries she’s made at the Farmer’s Market throughout the years.
— Sheila at A Living Family shares some uncommon ways to squeeze even more joy and connection (and yumminess!) from your local farmers’ market experience.
— Luschka from Diary of a First Child shares their trip to a PYO farm and the journey from picking to eating her favourite food
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