5 Things I Love – May 9

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1. Spring

Spring has finally arrived! Ok, so really Spring arrived with the rain storms and the mud and all of that, but by Spring I mean that the sun has actually been shining during the day and the temperature has been in the 60s. It’s glorious. Of course, the one negative side effect is that in terms of in-office seasons we have entered into the season of sub-arctic air conditioning. The budding trees and balmy afternoons are worth it.

2. Water Crackers

I don’t recall now which came first, my visits to the UK or my love of water crackers, but the first surely cemented the second. Water crackers with jam. Water crackers with Nutella. Water crackers with cucumber as they were presented at the Mother’s Day tea my mom and I attended this past weekend. I love them all.

3. Gypsy Cold Care

Rumor has hit our office of the zombie virus of 2011 coming our way (ones of the banes of the open office space), which has reminded me of my love of Traditional Medicinals Gypsy Cold Care tea. While peppermint and cinnamon may sound like an odd combination, it actually has a good flavor and helps fight off congestion. Perhaps now is the time for a preventative stock up…

4. Kermit’s Bein’ Green

Somehow a co-worker and I got into a discussion of our love for this song this past week so I thought I’d share the love beyond our office. It’s definitely one of my favorite Muppet songs. There is also an entertaining variation of the song via Oscar the Grouch’s interpretation of being green that I came across while link searching. Thank you, YouTube suggestions bar for this discovery.

5. Farmer’s Market

I have written before of my love for farmer’s markets and ours opened this past Saturday which has me pretty stoked. In fact, I’m planning on doing a recipe series based on using farmer’s market foods like kale, swiss chard and whatever else appears as the crops roll in.

A Farmer’s Market Morning

It was 56 degrees out this morning when I threw on a sweater and headed over to the farmer’s market. Through my window I could hear the guitar and singing of a local musician who had braved the morning chill to be there long before I woke up.

Three depths of field on farmer's market produce

My very first visit to a farmer’s market happened my sophomore year of college. I was actually there to work on a depth of field project for photography, but the introduction stuck with me none the less.

Now, eight years later, I live across the street from one. Sure, it means that I have to practice evasive, pedestrian dodging driving techniques if I wish to go anywhere beyond walking distance on a Saturday morning, but it also means that it’s right there when I wish to go.

There are four things that I love about shopping at the farmer’s market.

Acorn Squash at Farmer's Market
1. I’m supporting local people. We do have folks who come from outside of the county, but they’re still part of the greater Michigan community.

Farmer fillings pints of tomatoes

Farmer conversing with some of his customers

2. You never know what you’ll find there. Sure, you can check what’s in season, but farmer’s market is more than just produce. There’s also baked goods, canned goods, fresh food, woodworking, etc. and it varies from week to week. Not that the produce can’t be unusual as well.

fresh lemon pies

Fresh Golden Hubbard which are actually orange

3. It’s fresh. Because it’s local, in season and hasn’t ripened en transit I find that the food I purchase at farmer’s market is fresher and lasts longer.

four colors of bell peppers

4. It’s economical, aka cheaper.

A great price means an empty basket of red potatoes

Here’s the breakdown of my spending this morning:

1 pint each Yukon gold and red potatoes (approx 5-6 lbs total) – $4
1 pint cherry tomatoes – $1
1 pint bartlett pears – $1.50
4 bell peppers (yellow, red, green & purple) – $2
1 loaf of Great Harvest cinnamon bread – $6.50
Total: $15

5. Eating it. I know I said there were four, but really, eating it is the best part ;)

Cinnamon bread from Great Harvest Bread Co. and fresh bartlett pears