When I think of Farmer’s Markets, what comes to mind is rows of tents overflowing with vegetables, lined up outside in the hot summer weather. We are a long way off from “hot summer weather” right now (although it is all the way up to 40 today!) but we are very lucky that our local market actually runs year round, and moves to an indoor location for the colder months. It is just as busy as ever through the winter, and there are plenty of apples and pears, squashes, and a great variety of root vegetables to choose from. There are also yummy hot-food vendors to buy lunch from, baked goods, honey, granola, craft items, etc. etc.
We don’t go very often, which really is probably for the best since we tend to blow all our money on lunch and/or treats. Lunch today was empanadas and some chickpeas and spinach, which Lewis enjoyed just as much as Mommy and Daddy did. I resisted buying any of the muffins or scones that I often get tempted into, but I did give in and buy some delicious Buddhapesto and we also got some tasty cheeses.
Of course we also got some various veggies and a little fruit, as well as the main reason we went – honey! I bought some grocery store honey one time and was sadly disappointed, and now only buy local honey. The old vendor who we were always used to seeing has apparently retired, but there was a new beekeeper there to take his place so hopefully their honey is just as yummy.
We brought the small stroller for Lewis and had him in it to start. At first he seemed quite overwhelmed with all the people and things to look at and was just staring around himself, but then he started getting interested in all the things he was seeing. After a bit he of course wanted to get out of the stroller to explore. He stayed out of the stroller the rest of the time, and the stroller then served duty as a place for us to pile our bags of veggies and other yummies.
I didn’t think about taking photos at first, but after we had been there a while I asked Chris to try to get a few shots of Lewis with his phone.
He pushed the stroller with me for a lot of the way, although at times wanted to be held. This was great for keeping him close and stopping him from wandering off in random directions, although he did get a bit distracted by interesting things a few times.
The market is held in Proctor’s Theater so there were a lot of interesting things to see. When we were on our way out it was much less crowded since we were no longer near all the tables/vendors so Lewis got to wander about a bit more. He enjoyed looking in the windows at the gift shop areas. Once he realized we were headed towards the outside he happily held my hand and we continued on our way.
We have been practicing hand-holding when we are outside and he is getting quite good about it. He’s becoming so much more mobile, and demanding to be put down to walk more, so it will be important for him to be used to holding hands when we are out and about.
We had a lot of fun at the Farmer’s Market, and got home just in time for Lewis’ nap!