Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Buy Local

Hmmmm. What to do with a bored toddler when it looks like this outside?

Well, after playing with every toy in the house until it was no longer interesting, we went down to the mall that's right down the street because they have a farmer's market there on Wednesdays. A bunch of local vendors show up and sell their locally grown food for cheap. Niiice.

One thing that is definitely true about the weather here is that it changes every few minutes. When we first arrived at the market, the sky was dark and it was wet, but not actually raining. I hoped the rain would hold off for a few minutes so we could obtain our veggies for the week... but as I was trying to buy zucchinis the sky just opened up and it started dumping rain on us before I could even pay. I told the gal I'd be back and Moana and I ran into the mall, where we wasted a few minutes riding up and down the escalator (very interesting for a toddler, you know) and checking out the puppies and bunnies in the pet store. Ok ok, I know pet stores suck in the way that they treat and breed their animals, but on a boring weekday afternoon, it's a pretty fun place for a toddler to hang out.

It didn't take long for the squall to pass so we went back to the market outside... We bought honey from the Big Island... I got to taste several different ones and, um, YUM. I also bought zucchinis, bok choy, broccoli, eggplant, corn, onions, and bananas this week. I like the local vendors because (if they speak English) they'll just chat with you about their products and whatever... Moana scored a free apple banana from one vendor who seemed to think she was especially cute. Moana managed to peel and eat it all by herself while I continued to shop.

Anyway, there's something about eating locally grown vegetables for dinner that makes you feel really good. And feeding them to your daughter is even better!

18 comments:

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Oh YES - farmer's markets are wonderful! I fell in love with the one in Kona... and try to go to our local one every week or two. Yea! But the Kona one really was great...

Moana's shoes are super cute! :) (And who doesn't love escalators?)

Jennifer Harrison said...

Honestly, that is one of the things that I really REALLY love about some of these super cities around the country- Hawaii and CA and OR being some...you guys have amazing Farmers Markets....SOOO awesome really! We don't really do that here...I mean they try...but what grows in Chicago? Besides the deficiet and corruption?

YUMMY! :))

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love farmer markets too, support the local community, but mine is not cheap, I dont know why

Running and living said...

Oh, riding the mall escalators up and down brings back the memories....
No wonder Moana is scoring free stuff. She is just beautiful!

Laura said...

I wish we had more markets, or even places to find good produce! We don't...so we grow our own...and your right there is nothing like feeding your children fresh produce that is good for them...we have quite the corn eating pics from both kids! And I totally feel your pain on the weather thing...it has been perpetual rain here until the last week and seriously what are you supposed to do with kids in that!? If you come up with any fun ideas let me know!

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Staci Dombroski said...

How fun!!! What a great thing to do on a day of rain and nothing to do :-) Such a beautiful little girl!

X-Country2 said...

What a great day!

Angela and David Kidd said...

So jealous of all the local produce! Farmers markets aren't too far away from us. Can't wait.

And we do the same thing - I know puppy shops are terrible but if the weather sucks and there's nothing else to do we take Zach for entertainment. When he's old enough to understand the ethics behind them we'll stop taking him but right now, ignorance is bliss!

Katie A. said...

The farmer's markets are finally beginning to show up again - so excited! Love the Moana pics!

N.D. said...

THat's awesome! I can't wait till it is warmer here and I can do that with Nick!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I love farmer's markets! We have a small one really close to our house in the summer that I try to go to, but I always seem to forget about it until it's almost over. I'm going to try to be better about that this summer!

And your daughter is soooo cute! :)

DC Running Mama said...

What is this apple banana of which you speak?? I've never heard of it!

Beth said...

And the other good thing about local grown produce? It likely has a good deal more nutrition (higher vitamins/mineral content) than what we buy in the grocery store. Can't go wrong! :)

jessithompson said...

I love me some farmer's markets!!! What a gorgeous daughter!

Mary IronMatron said...

Oh, she is the cutest expression on her face as she eats that corn...

Regina said...

Love the farmer's markets here. Everything from veggies, fruit, cheese, yogurt, turkey, etc. Feels good to support the local farms too.

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