Summertime Fun in Downtown Independence
Summertime has always been my favorite time of the year. Now that I have kids to enjoy it with, it’s even more special to me. One tradition our family has started is to frequent the farmer’s markets. And we not only buy some fresh food, but we also try to eat lunch at a locally owned business near or in the market.
This past Saturday we went to the farmer’s market in our hometown. Here are a few pictures of our day!
We started our day with a little potty time on the Baby Bjorn.
I got some work done while Ailia took a little early morning nap.
Taking in the stands at the farmer’s market.
Sampling some locally grown wax beans.
Enjoying a muffin at the Main Street Coffee House.
Enjoying some mama’s milk at the coffee house.
Aren’t they cute?!
We shopped at Gilbert Whitney & Co. trying to find flip top bottles to brew kombucha. They didn’t have them in stock, but it was a fun store. Do you see my little monkey about to make mischief there in the background?
We wandered through Be Here Now, which has amazing light fixtures that are amazingly out of our budget. We snapped a picture of a cute sign that says “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”1
They also had an amazingly overpriced baby holding contraption. I don’t even know what this is, but for $430, it better change diapers!
We finished our afternoon eating at Up Dog – a local hot dog joint. I got a Chicago dog – it was pretty tasty.
After the farmer’s market, we ran to Nature’s Pantry where we got several different flavors of kombucha and SodaVie – we’ll enjoy the locally made drinks (by GetReal Food Company) and then use the bottles to brew our own kombucha. (I got a SCOBY daughter from Holy Scrap for Tom for Father’s Day. He is an avid reader of their blog. Thanks again, Wendy!!)
The August Carnival of Natural Parenting’s theme is Farmer’s Markets: Are you a seasoned farmer’s market pro or are you more comfortable in the aisles of Whole Foods (or Walmart)? This month is an open challenge to you: find something new you can experience and write about at your local farmer’s market. Can you eat completely local for a week? Can you get to know one of your farmers by name? Ever thought of asking for gardening advice from a vendor? Could you take your kids on a field trip to one of the farms? Get creative – learn something new about your local farmers. Submission deadline is August 7. Carnival posting will be August 14.
I’m not sure what I’ll write about, but I hope that we’ll have plenty of trips to use for material beforehand!
- I think I’d be about 30. ↩
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