The Farmer’s Market is a Cost Effective Mommy-Daughter Date
As I sat on our living room floor Saturday Morning, I realized that I had not made any plans to get out and about with my daughter. This was not going to help me meet my goal of getting out of the house more. If I did not act quickly, I would get sucked into the millions of tasks I needed to get done around the house.
Luckily, earlier in the week I had seen a Facebook post about the local Farmer’s Market. I have only been to a small Farmer’s Market a few times, but never to the big one near our new house. So, this seemed to be the perfect adventure for my daughter and I.
After my daughter had finished her morning bottle and I changed her diaper, off we went to see what trouble we could get into.
Exposure to the Busy Hustle and Bustle
As I mentioned, I have never visited a large Farmer’s Market. I went to this new Farmer’s Market without many expectations. As we pulled into the parking lot, I was pleasantly surprised by the busy hustle and bustle of this relatively large Farmer’s Market. We got what appeared to be the last parking spot and I loaded my daughter into the stroller with the million items I had packed (yes… I am an over-packer).
My daughter is 10 months old, which means she is at the age where they start to get really excited about new people and new adventures. As we walked into the huge barn I could see her head swerving back and forth as she tried to take in all of the sights and sounds. Whatever anxiety I have about getting out and about more always disappears in that moment when I see her enjoying herself.
Learning about our Local Produce
We immediately started chatting to one of the local produce vendors that was next to the door. It is an understatement when I say that this man was a wealth of knowledge. We learned everything from differences between herbs, to the best ways to cook green veggies, to the 500 uses for onions.
My absolute favorite part was watching him explain all of this to my 10 month old daughter. He talked to her like she could understand every word he was saying. He also let her touch and grab every piece of produce he was talking about. I could not have given her a better introduction to veggies!
On top of learning about a large variety of produce, we learned about what vegetables are currently in season. Every two steps, you came across a new table selling asparagus. We quickly learned that this is the best time of the year to eat asparagus. So, I could not resist buying a bundle for dinner that evening.
Cost Effective Adventures
As a first time mommy living on a relatively tight budget, I would be in error if I did not mention the cost effective benefits of visiting the Farmer’s Market. It is free to attend your local farmers market and to interact with the local vendors. My daughter and I spent a full morning at the Farmer’s Market and spent no more than $20 on a few local goods.
I would highly recommend buying goods from your favorite friendly vendors who take the time to interact with you. I love to support local vendors and their prices are often very competitive for high quality goods. All too often I find myself rushing through the grocery store quickly grabbing every ingredient for my pre-planned weekly meal plan. It was a very welcome change of pace to meet the local vendors and learn about the different produce they grow.
As you can see, I have nothing but great things to say about our spur of the moment Farmer’s Market trip. If you are looking for a fun and cost effective way to spend your morning I highly recommend visiting your Farmer’s Market and supporting your local vendors!