I love a good Farmer’s Market. See, I love it so much I write it as if it’s a proper noun. Each spring I have visions of taking the kids to the Farmer’s Market each Saturday morning and picking out fresh fruits and veggies and always (always) leaving with a fresh bouquet of flowers, all carried in a very Farmer’s Market-like basket, handcrafted of course.
So….that’s happened zero times. I mean, we’ve gone to farmer’s markets of course. But that beautiful image of exactly how it’ll play out has never actually played out. I always forget a bag (see, I don’t even own a basket) so I’m that one who is using the dreaded plastic for my fresh veggies. And as far as the flowers are concerned, I’ve usually spent all my money (correction, the kids have) on things like beeswax candles in the shapes of wolves …
…so flowers get left behind.
But last weekend was a golden weekend for us. Did it have anything to do with the fact that Danny was out of town? I certainly don’t want to say for sure, but we didn’t have anyone there who tried to talk us into going to the skatepark, I’ll say that.
We were gifted our friends’ share of the farming co-op they are a part of and when we arrived, we were greeted by the most beautiful farm stand.
River City Farms is a small(ish) farm in Lewiston. Check out their page here. You can sign up at the beginning of the year to be a part of the CSA and receive a share (or a portion of a share) of veggies each week. The one we picked up was a full share so we got double of the following:
- bunch of 4 onions
- bag of arugula
- bag of green beans
- box of small heirloom tomatoes
- 2 cucumbers
- 2 peppers
- box of purple potatoes
They also have the option of receiving a flower share each month. Next year we are going to join for sure.
These little faces loved picking out our produce.
And this little ruffled bottom loved the adventure of wandering. Thank goodness for older siblings.
The next morning I woke the kids up semi-early (for a weekend) so we could hit up the Moscow Farmer’s Market and get back to town in time for Alice’s birthday party she had. Oooooh the Moscow’s market never disappoints.
An organization had a little testing station for kids. They put blackberries and green beans on the table in little cups and invited kids to try them. Then the kids could use stickers to mark which answer they liked on the poster board: “Would you try this again? yes or no” “Did you like it? Yes or no”
My kids loved trying it but decided the green beans were awful and the blackberries were too tart.
I don’t know what to do with them.
And after spending $7 on that beeswax wolf candle pictured above, Jamie finally found the baguette stand and spent the remaining $3 on some bread to share.
They ripped through that thing in 5 minutes. One baguette for 6 kids. It was hilarious and after that they decided they also wanted crepes and lemonade and chicken skewers so we hopped into Hansel and Gretel to pick up my money from the clothes I’d sold there and lunch was paid for.
**** I never EVER have cash. If I paid for our household goods with cash only, we’d be in trouble. Cash burns holes in my pockets and if I have cash I always feel like it’s free money! Like, “Oooooh, $5, I’m gonna go get Starbucks!” so cash is dangerous. I only get cash when we are going to something like a Farmer’s Market. And even then I end up with….well….beeswax wolves.
The kids were awesome. They were excited to be out and about doing something. I forget how important that is sometimes. To be stuck in our little community and neighborhood for too long makes us stuck in our own little comfortable bubble and even though it’s easier, it’s not always best. We try to get out and do fun and different and interesting things as often as possible. Sometimes they’re crazy failures.
And other times…they’re farmer’s market weekends.