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Weekend Adventure: Farmer’s Market

wesley chapel farmers market

Thank you Gabrielle of Design Mom for inviting another series of posts on “Loving the place you live.” I moved to Florida from California eight months ago and am exploring like crazy! Florida hasn’t grown on me easily, which you can read in my last “loving the place you live” post. Yet this week, the farmer’s market sure left me in awe.

 

Saturday is “family day” in our home— we try to spend the time together and do something low key and fun. For us, this usually means walking to the farmer’s market down the road. We work up an appetite with the walk, sample some gluten-free cupcakes, check out the local craft vendors for some art inspiration, buy some organic produce that is out of this world, and then eat lunch together. It makes us happy and some days we just need that.

wesley chapel farmers market

On Saturday mornings, the Shops at Wiregrass closes down their streets and turns into a bustling farmer’s market. There are a couple produce stands that seem to be overflowing with incredible fruits and vegetables. My favorite is Magnolia Farms, which has organic produce (unfortunately, not all the produce vendors at the market sell organic). Last week, we got a head of cabbage from Magnolia Farms that weighed at least 7 pounds. It was insane!

I love so many things about the farmer’s market, but my favorite might just be how healthy almost everything is! It’s much easier to play the “Five” game at the farmer’s market than the grocery store. And I feel like everywhere I turn, there is inspiration for a yummy and healthy meal. I am not a natural-born cook, but I am inspired every time we are here.

wesley chapel farmers market

wesley chapel farmers market

wesley chapel farmers market

Bread is my weakness and I usually end up buying some flat bread from here. We use it to make mini mediterranean pizzas with hummus, kale, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese (Laura Medley shared that recipe with me and I am hoping to share it with you all soon!).

wesley chapel farmers market

We have gotten local raw honey from Eden’s Nectar and it’s delicious. We have been told from doctors and friends that local raw honey helps with seasonal allergies. We try to take a tablespoon of local raw honey daily and our first year in Florida seems to be going pretty well!

wesley chapel farmers market

I enjoy just stopping by the herb vendor and smelling all her varieties. I dream about having my own herb garden, but at the moment I feel like just keeping my own two kids alive and healthy is all I can handle.

wesley chapel farmers market

I thought these birdhouses were so creative. I love the use of the red spiket handle and drawer pulls for the bird perch and license plates for the roof. What can I say, I am just a sucker for reclaimed goods.

wesley chapel farmers market

If money wasn’t so tight, I would have bought four of these fouta towels! I loved the patterns, the colors and the fact that you can use it as a wrap and a towel. And they dry fast because they are light and sand doesn’t get stuck to them. Genius!

wesley chapel farmers market

And the best part about the farmer’s market is….our kids get very excited to try all the new veggies we pick out. They want to help cook with them and see what they taste like. Having kids excited about vegetables is a parents dream come true.

wesley chapel farmers market

Now for the big question: What did we do with the 7-pound cabbage? We made multiple green smoothies with it and I chopped some up for stir fry one night. It was delicious and I am hoping they have more the next time we go.

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6 Responses to Weekend Adventure: Farmer’s Market

  1. Jadah Sellner March 9, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    I love this weekend adventure! I have to add local raw honey to my list. I didn’t know it could help with allergies. Zoe loves honey, so I know she would love a daily spoonful. I was laughing out loud about the herb garden and just trying to keep the kids alive. 🙂 When we lived on Kauai, George and I realized we don’t have very green thumbs. But I would love to have fresh herbs in my home. And I have not tried cabbage in my smoothies. Can you share the recipe you used with the cabbage? I also have a great cabbage soup recipe that is so tasty. I am definitely inspired to take a weekly trip to the farmer’s market.

  2. Popo Joy March 9, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Farmers markets across America are one of the best revised traditions! Our favorite farmers market on Kauai is Saturday morning’s Hanalei Farmer’s Market. Living on Kauai, means most things in our stores are shipped in from the mainland. When you buy from the local farmers and bakers, you know everything is fresh! With all of our recent rain, their should be some bountiful crops popping up everywhere soon. Thanks for sharing your family Saturday with us Jen.

  3. Lauren March 19, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Going to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning is one of my favorite things to do! Loved seeing your pictures 🙂

  4. Helena March 20, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    Ahh, I’m so jealous! I live up north and all we have so far are spring onions! I love farmers markets and can’t wait for the season to get going!

  5. Carrie March 20, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    With all the beautiful, colorful produce, farmers’ markets are a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach, aren’t they? There’s a year-round farmers market in Seattle, but I’m looking forward to summer when it’ll be more pleasant to meander outside!

  6. Popo Joy March 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    We just had the opportunity to enjoy a weekend morning at San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Thumbs up! Take a look an an urban farmers market:

    http://www.joybeyondfifty.com/2012/03/20/ferry-plaza-farmers-market-a-san-francisco-treat/

    I love them on an island, I love them in the country, I love them in the city, I love farmers markets.

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