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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 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! 

pink and yellow flowers at the farmers market

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. 

yellow squash and zucchini at farmers market

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. 

fresh bread at farmers market

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. 

spinning hand dyed yarn at farmers market

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!

bucket of sunflowers at farmers market

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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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.)

  • 10 Simple Ways to Make the Farmer’s Market More Fun for Kids — Lorie at Reading Confetti shares ideas and books to help kids get the most from the farmers market experience.
  • 10 Things I Want To Teach My Daughter About The Importance of Shopping at the Farmer’s Market — 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.
  • 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.
  • On the Hunt . . . At the Farmer’s Market! — Exploring the farmers market by Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy writing at Natural Parents Network — with a scavenger hunt!
  • Exploring the Market … Alphabet StyleThat Mama Gretchen is in the midst of creating a learning tool for her toddler and it’s all about the market!
  • Unschooling at the Farmers Market — Megz at Aspen Mama loves building memories as a vendor at the 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.
  • The Farmers Market In Under An Hour (“Carl Style”) — Andrea and family at Tales of Goodness adapt their farmers marketing approach to make everyone happy.
  • Tales Of a Troubled Gardener — Sam at Love Parenting writes about her dream of self-sufficiency and her lack of gardening skills!
  • A Few {Of The Many} Reasons Why I Love Our Farmer’s Market — 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.
  • Experiencing the Farmer’s Market from a Different Perspective — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM had a great time letting her toddler lead the way at the farmer’s market…
  • Ask A Farmer’s Daughter — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter answers questions about her life growing up on a small family farm in New England.
  • Giving Up the Grocery Store — 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.
  • Urban farming and fresh food in the city — Lauren at Hobo Mama takes trips to farms, gardens, and markets within reach of a big city.
  • Market Tip: Get to Know Your Farmers — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger finally gets up the guts to talk to her farmers and learns she is among ardent food lovers.
  • New Farmer’s Market Find — Kellie at Our Mindful Life is excited to make a new find at her new farmers market.
  • “The Real World” Grassroots Edition — jessica at instead of institution takes some time out to write a love note.
  • 9 Insider Tips for Farmer’s Market Newbies — 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.
  • The Place Where I Can Say “Yes!” — 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.
  • Raw Local Milk — Jorje shares her family’s field trip to a local dairy. Learn what you can appreciate from a small town farm at Momma
  • Italian Secret Vegetable Soup Recipe — Alinka at Baby Web convinces an Italian Farmer & Cook to reveal a precious minestrone recipe and shares it with her readers.
  • Where do our eggs come from? A visit to Sucellus Farms. — Carli at One Fit Mom takes her family to meet the chickens that have been providing their daily eggs.
  • 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.
  • Are You Getting the Most out of Your Farmers’ Market? (My List of Not-So-Common “Musts”) — Sheila at A Living Family shares some uncommon ways to squeeze even more joy and connection (and yumminess!) from your local farmers’ market experience.
  • Pick Your Own And Eat It — 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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    1. I love your pictures! What lovely markets you discovered. That’s a great idea to set up a booth from garden produce. Maybe that’s what I should do with my extras!

    2. I adore these photos! Wow! It makes me want to visit this market. There really is nothing more beautiful then fresh produce in the open air.

    3. Super cool that there is a market at night. With music! That sounds like a lot of fun.

    4. It sounds like heaven! What a great thing to discover, I will have to be on the look out for Farmer’s markets in the little towns we travel through.

    5. Beautiful photos! I’ve missed the fact that we don’t have CSA options in our new town but you’re right…there’s nothing quite like going to the market! Even though our market is tiny, it’s wonderful to experience!

    6. That bread looks amazing! It’s my favorite thing to get from the farmer’s market, although I guess I should be saying the veggies are. :)

      • :) The veggies are awesome, but there’s nothing quite like that fluffy fresh bread!

    7. it never fails to amaze me how unique yet how very similar all farmer’s markets are. they’re all fresh food, crafts, community and everything that’s good in the world. i love it :) we also rely on our CSA for most of our veggies but sometimes i just can’t help myself… market it is. haha.

      p.s. it’s The Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop today and i adore your post. it’s exactly what we’re looking for! you’re welcome to stop by and link up if you like! we’d love to have you!

    8. Great writing – you’ve put me back in the market myself. I completely agree about the small stalls. Nothing against larger farms, but it’s just really nice to see people selling and trading what they have. It always takes me back to the basics. Thanks.

    9. seriously – great post darling!

      thank you for taking the time to link up with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop! We hope to see you again this Wednesday with more fantastic seasonal & real food posts :) xo, kristy



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