Saturday, June 27, 2009

Farmer's Market!

I just got back from a great trip to the local Farmer's Market. I forgot how much those weekly trips helped me last year. Somehow, when I buy all that healthy produce and fill my fridge with it, I am far more inclined to eat it all than to buy junk. That was totally the key to my weight loss last summer. I just love the Farmer's Market!!

I had to leave early this morning to take my son and a neighbor to a class half an hour away. I am *not* a morning person. I stagger out of bed. I make my tea. I like to lounge in my pj's reading the news and various blogs while I slowly wake up. None of that this morning! In fact, I didn't even make myself breakfast (I did feed the kids, though). As I was about to charge out the door, I realized I was setting myself up for hunger and a junk run, with none of the snacks in place that I planned yesterday for myself and the kids. I doubled back to the kitchen, grabbed a bag of Cheerios and a breakfast bar for my daughter, and popped a handful of almonds in my mouth. Not the best, but hey, a cup of tea was just not going to get my through. I knew I'd be at the Farmer's Market after I dropped them off, so I could get more to eat there.

When we got the the market, can you guess what my little one started clamoring for? Cookies! Yeah. There's a couple of small local bakeries that sell their goods at the market alongside all the fruits and veggies, and... you guessed it... I'd gotten in the bad habit of buying fresh cookies and sweet bread when I went. This time, I stuck to my guns. I avoided the cookie tables. She kept asking, but I kept saying "let's look for fruit!" and distracting her. Even when we walked past the freshly popping Kettle Corn, I managed to avert her attention to other things. I bought a pint of raspberries and offered her some. She refused. But 20 minutes later as I shopped, she asked for them! She ate half the container right there in the market. I had a few too. Yummy!

When we got back to the car, she got in and asked for more berries. She was sitting in her car seat eating berries as we drove away from the market, when suddenly she realized she did NOT get a cookie. It wasn't pretty, but it only lasted a few minutes (wailing, crying, sobbing) and then she was fine. Victory!

Here's what I bought at the Farmer's Market today:

large bag of green beans
small bag of yellow beans
pound of tiny, baby red potatoes
pint of raspberries
large bag of beautiful yellow Rainier cherries
1 organic cabbage
pound of snow peas
3 large organic yellow squashes
5 little yellow pattypan squashes
1 dozen brown free range eggs
2 baby bok choy

I paid about $20 for all of this. I generally try to buy all of my weekly produce at the Farmer's Market instead of the grocery store. They had some gorgeous broccoli, onions, garlic, cauliflower, beets, and greens but I already have all that stuff at home. Next week I will buy some from there. The produce is all locally grown and so much fresher and tastier than what you get in the grocery store! I cannot WAIT for the yummy ripe tomatoes to be in season!

I also got myself a small sugar free vanilla iced latte at the Farmer's Market. I love iced coffee. They roast their own beans locally. Yummy!

I am so happy I have all this great REAL FOOD in my house now! The cherries are divine! And I will be making myself one or two of those free range eggs for lunch shortly.

If you haven't tried your local produce, get out there and give it a shot! It's amazing how the sights and flavors of fresh local produce makes junk food fade into the background.

Enjoy your day!


anne h said...

I think I need glasses - I thought you said "...they toast their own BEARS..." instead of BEANS.
GOSH - what kind of place is this?
Good shopping at the market!

Doug said...

mmmmmmmmm i have to find a farmers market here that sounds delic.

screwdestiny said...

I hate where I live. We don't have a Farmer's Market.

Diana said...

Thanks for the reminder of the Farmer's Market. I was going to go today and totally spaced it. I had to look up where their located and look what's on their web page:

Enjoy snacks like kettlekorn, and cookies!

No mention of fresh raspberries. :)

TB--Milwaukee said...

Just got home from the Farmer's Market myself. I didn't buy anything as most of it is still plants and herbs around here. A little more produce this week...berries and kohlrabi, but I'm waiting for the snap peas, zucchini, and onions.

*Fitcetera* said...

Dontcha just love all the colour!
I feel happy when I bring home my fruit & veggie loot, too.

Barefoot Pixie said...

Thanks for the great post on local produce. I find many times I get attracted to foods because of their packaging (candy in particular)and yet those fresh fruits and vegetables come in the most beautiful natural packages. One more reason to buy and eat!

spunkysuzi said...

:) We must be sisters, i always get up and the first thing i do is get a cup of tea and the second is usually breakfast while on the computer!!
I used to love going to the farmers market on saturday's however now i work on saturdays so i haven't been in ages.

Karyn said...

sounds delicious! I remember your posts from last year about the farmer's market and how it helped you. Glad you've gone back!

Love that the little one forgot about her cookie in favor of the berries....mostly. :) GFY for sticking to your guns!

Steelers6 said...

First time post, been reading a little while now. Thank you for your honesty and inspiration.

I felt I HAD to post this time bc I was so excited for you for the breakthrough with your dd @ the market. ! Way to go! I think it might get easier. I hope so. Great job!

skinnyhollie said...

Our "local" Farmers market is in Nashville - about 45 minutes away from where I live. I've been planning a visit but haven't made it yet. I love to go, though!

Congrats for sticking to your guns with your daughter! I've been doing the same at my house with success!

South Beach Steve said...

Lyn, it sounds like a great trip to the farmer's market. There are several around here, but we are lucky in that my wife's grandma is our farmer's market. :-) Good work with the cookie/raspberries switch!

Anonymous said...

mouth watering post! i made a deal with myself this summer, no starbucks or fast food, and use the money saved to indulge in all the blackberries, blueberries,cherries,raspberries i can eat. so far im having a very very good summer. thanks lyn :)

Laurie said...

I must say my dear bloggie friend, there is a change in your blog tone, its a good change one of determination, pride and a set mind. I think you have reached that place mentally where theres no going back to the old thinking, but yes we do fall occassionally ...Ahhhh but when we fall now we dust off our kness and head for the carrots not the candy! You inspire, good Job keep up the good work. well is not work its our new lifestyle!!

Anonymous said...

I hear you on the weight loss using produce, I think I'm losing it so fast because 50% of my food (volume, not calories) is fruit. With a few veggies, also. I'm also waiting, drooling, for the tomatoes to show up. I think my market is a bit more expensive than yours, but still cheaper than grocery stores.

Mama Bear June said...

Dang, you are really making me kick myself for not making it to the Farmers' Market yesterday! But that's OK, we have a new "supermarket" that is called a Farmers' Market because they get all of their produce from local farmers. I've had two friends so far give it rave reviews, so I know where I'm going tomorrow!!!! :-D

Great shopping!

Crabby McSlacker said...

I'm so jealous!

We have a farmers market, but such a short growing season it's still mostly all candles and soaps and plants, not much in the way of fruits or veggies.

Sounds like a great haul of goodies and a fun family adventure too!

elife said...

So inspiring! I have GOT to get to the farmers market.