Celebrate Saturday at the Farmer's Market

My family recently discovered a favorite way to spend a summer Saturday morning. It doesn't involve lounging in pajamas watching cartoons. We aren't indulging in a carb-heavy, sugar-laden breakfast.


My family recently discovered a favorite way to spend a summer Saturday morning. It doesn't involve lounging in pajamas watching cartoons. We aren't indulging in a carb-heavy, sugar-laden breakfast.

We actually have to wake up early, get dressed and run out the door in order to make it on time. And, our destination does involve food. Lots of food.

The place is our local farmer's market, which just relocated along the banks of the river that flows through our hometown.

If you knew us, you would know that trading sleeping in and pancakes for local honey and fresh produce is a pretty big deal. However, this change of events falls right in line with our new desire to have a healthier lifestyle.

The journey began when I started reading more about how our food is made and where it comes from. At the same time, my husband decided to start eating like a caveman. He is following the Paleo diet, which cuts out all processed foods, dairy, carbs, refined sugar. While the kids and I still enjoy whole grains, dairy and occasional treats, we want even those to come in the form of whole foods and natural sugars as much as possible.

The combination of my food research and my husband's diet naturally led us the farmer's market, a place we had never visited before. Why bother when we can take care of grocery shopping at the same place we sip our daily lattes and buy a birthday presents for our daughters' friends?

We bother because the food at the market comes from only a few miles away, and we can talk to the farmers who grew it (or raised it).

After our initial trip, we came home with two large bags of blueberries -- for half the price of those at our grocery -- plus peas, homemade pepper jelly and pork sausage.

In addition to stocking our kitchen with fresh foods, the farmer's market venue includes a stage area where they host children's activities each week. So, while our two girls might not be as excited about the possibility of scoring deals on local fruit, veggies and meat as mom and dad, they did enjoy petting the native night owl and coloring pictures and walking by the water.

It was a place we all found something to like, and three of us (our youngest doesn't have the vocabulary capacity, yet) repeatedly ask, "Are we going back next time?"

And, so we go. It's such a simple excursion, but one that results in good, healthy food and uninterrupted family time as a bonus.

A great way to start a Saturday even without the extra sleep or rich meal.

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