The big farmer's market in our area has only two more outdoor markets left. We went to the market today to stock up, so that we can keep eating local produce all Winter.
We buy so much on this last trip that we need to bring along our trusted children's wagon, which we also take foraging for wild edibles on our nearby bike path. This is the first year we've brought it along to the farmer's market, and it's much, much easier than carrying all those heavy, late season vegetables ourselves. Although the wagon still wasn't big enough to hold it all, so it's a good thing Bear brought along his alter ego, Og, to carry the extra bags.
- Bring plenty of cash, the old adage of 'we won't need that much' is so wrong- small deals add up to a lot of spending.
- Bring plenty of large bags. Carrying 15 small plastic bags from 9 different vendors can be a pain, best to put them in 3 or 4 bigger cloth bags, just sayen.
- Don't be naive... when the wife says we are getting the food stores for the Winter, remember the Winter is long around here, so be ready to summon your inner Og near the middle of the shopping adventure and haul bags, even if you take the time to load the wagon in the car. We got advice from one vendor about needing higher walls on our cart- I may have to work on that.
- Unlike the park, most of the city wild life is on two legs and mostly speak our language. With a full wagon you will probably get strange or knowing looks from a lot of strangers... It's a good excuse to listen in on their conversations.
- When butting in, er... talking to the strangers about cooking and yardening, have your ourtinyhomestead.com cards ready to hand to them so they can go to our website if they want to.
- Some pie pumpkins for Thanksgiving,
- along with butternut and spaghetti squash, all of which store for several months in any cool area. We put them in a cupboard in the kitchen that's against the outside wall. We've also stored them under the bed in our cold front room.
- We bought lots of heads of organic garlic, because we already ate what we grew ourselves and can't live without garlic. It will also store most of the Winter in the cupboard in the kitchen, so we don't have to buy that stuff from China in the supermarket.
We usually wait until the last market to buy everything for the Winter, but we're not sure if Bear will be working that day, so we went today while we could. This means it's not yet cold enough to put vegetables in our root cellar, so we need to store them in the refrigerator until it is. That means the refrigerator is pretty full now.
We spent $300 at the market, although in addition to all the above, which will mostly last us until Spring, we also bought some treats:
My grilling vest now has our website patch on it. A lady who was building a tiny house saw it and thought she could get info from us and looked up ourtinyhomestead.com on her smart phone, then let me know about what she had done. "Its not what I was looking for but it is still kinda neat to see what you are doing." THAT was the coolest conversation I had all day. Just sayen...