What an awesome weekend!!! Rumor had it that Saturday was going to be gorgeous, and Sunday was going to be be rainy/overcast, but we ended up with TWO perfect days. It was so great!
To start off Saturday, Wil and I went to the Del Ray Farmers Market for our first time there. This one is year round from 8-12 on Saturdays and only 10 minutes from our house, but we had never been to check it out. It was relatively small but super cute!
It was pretty crowded but I was surprised how easy it was to get around. This is a growers only farmers market, which means all the vendors grew or made whatever they were selling, which was refreshing to talk to the people making the food you’re about to eat! I ended up getting some beautiful produce!
- Turnips ($2.50)
- 2 large bags of mixed greens ($4 each)
- 5 fuji apples
- 4 baby cucumbers
- Shallots ($2.50)
I couldn’t get over the shallots – I’d never seen them like this before with the green shoots attached. I did a little research and it turns out you can grow shallots just like scallions, which is what these are. They are ready to harvest earlier then the regular shallots, so that’s why these are ready and available but regular shallots aren’t yet.
So pretty. I cut one up – check out the colors!
All together, I spent $21 at the first farmer’s market – not too bad!
Afterwards, I made breakfast.
Everything local except for the Ezekiel bread! 2 eggs topped with some mixed greens, plus a breakfast hash with kale, sweet potatoes, and shallots. SO delicious.
Once I let that settle for a bit, Wil went to work and I went for an amazing 5 mile run outside.
The run was just awesome. I just wore my Polar FT7, which means I couldn’t see how far/how fast I was going, just for how long and the calorie burn. It was kind of nice to not be constantly checking my pace/how far I’d gone. Still not unplugged, but a step in the right direction. I didn’t bring any water with me, which wasn’t the best decision given that it was 72 degrees out, so I definitely was a little parched towards the end, but other than that it was incredible.
After my run, I ended up getting a mani/pedi and then going out to a derby party at my coworkers house, which was super fun and filled with mint juleps, derby pie, and bourbon punch!
Me, Kelly, Brian and Erin. Kelly and Erin were the hosts and they did an awesome job. I ended up being out reaaaaaally late, but you gotta do that every once in a while, no?
Staying out so late Saturday made for a late morning on Sunday, but not too late that I missed the Dupont Farmers Market!
This was my favorite farmers market I’ve been to in the area. It had tons of vendors and so much variety in what was being sold – fruits and veggies, eggs and milk, meat, seafood, pastries, bread, crafts – you name it.
I think this one was a growers only market as well, so all the vendors I spoke with really knew their stuff. Check out these carrots!
They were ENORMOUS. I couldn’t pass them up…
The biggest downfall for this market was that it was PACKED. I meant to go early, but didn’t end up getting there until around 11am, which is peak time. I won’t make that mistake again, but definitely want to visit this market as much as possible this year. Here’s what I walked away with:
- Local Milk
The milk is UNREAL.
I can’t get over how incredibly delicious it is. I’m only going to be using it for my coffee, so hopefully it’ll last a little bit because the $3.50 price tag for a quart is a little high for me…
Total damage: $13
After the farmers market, I wanted to hit up the Teet for some fruit and a few other things. I also wanted to get in a workout, but couldn’t decide what to do, so I ended up running to the grocery store (1.5 miles), walking back with the groceries (1.5 miles) and then heading out for another 2 mile run once I dropped everything off. It was perfect!
- Watermelon (79 cents/lb)
- Lemons (2 for $1)
- Strawberries (BOGO free)
- Peppered Tofurkey
Total spent: $18
So, between both farmer’s markets and the Teet, I spent $52. Not too shabby considering how much local, organic produce I got. I ended up putting together a meal plan after shopping, yet again. Here’s what I came up with:
|Monday||English muffin w/pb + a banana||Salad w/leftover red trout and turnip greens, apple||Cottage Cheese, Watermelon, hardboiled egg white||Salt and Pepper tofu with garlicky kale|
|Tuesday||Wheat Berries w/greek yogurt and fruit||Leftover tofu and kale over a salad, pear||Apple w/pb, watermelon||Quinoa Salad w veggies + beans|
|Wednesday||Wheat Berries w/greek yogurt and fruit||Quinoa Salad wrap, watermelon||Apple w/PB, pear, hardboiled egg||Roasted Chickpeas and Asparagus|
|Thursday||Protein Smoothie, hardboiled egg||Tofurkey Sandwich w carrots + a salad||Cottage Cheese w berries, hardboiled egg||Tempeh Tacos|
|Friday||English Muffin w/pb + a banana||Leftover Tempeh Taco Salad||Cottage Cheese, an apple, berries||TBD|
To prep for the week, last night I cut up the watermelon, hard boiled a dozen eggs, and made some quinoa to turn into quinoa salad for tomorrow night. I also chopped up some carrots and shallots, and all of that took only about 30 minutes – not bad to feel ready to take on the week!
Are there a lot of farmers markets in your area? What is your favorite thing to buy there? I looooove fresh eggs and milk, but also clearly the fruits and veggies. With the eggs and milk – the difference is incredible between getting it fresh and buying it at a regular grocery store. The only thing I normally steer clear of is the bread, just because I can’t go through it fast enough!