Saturday, June 12, 2010

Keeping Our Business Local

This past week I blogged about how Cort and I just purchased our gear for running from Gazelle Sports in Holland.  Lately we've been making more of a concerted effort to shop more locally.  We have some of the greatest unique shopping downtown Holland, and it's ridiculous that we don't spend more time down there. 

So today Eddie and I packed up the stroller, grabbed my mom, and headed downtown to the Farmer's Market.

We got there just before 10:00am, which seemed to be the best time.  Lemonjellos (a GREAT local coffee joint) had a nice little booth at the "beginning" of our journey. (that is my mom pushing Ed up there on the right, by the way.  you're welcome, mom).  It wasn't too busy when we got there, so pushing Eddie through the crowd was pretty easy.

Right away there were TONS of beautiful perennials for sale.  Had I known I could have such a variety to pick from at such a low price, I would have waited to get mine!  Next year for SURE!

And then there was the yummy produce....it pretty much speaks for itself....
those strawberries and asparagus totally came home with me.  YUM!

Did I mention the GORGEOUS flowers?  I have to admit, I think coming home with a fresh bouquet might just be my favorite part of the Farmer's Market.

And of course they sell other things too...like smoked meats, maple syrup, jewelry, dried flower arrangements...
...and wooden outdoor furniture (see it in the back behind the pointing baby?).  Eddie loved looking at it ALL and chatted it up with anyone who would listen (which was usually cute old ladies).

My mom and I also stopped to buy Dutch Bros. bread.  I got the Dutch Crust Bread.  Um...YUM!!!!  Sandwiches for lunch this week!

They even had a cooking show going on.  I don't know what these guys were making, but it looked great!  Every week they have a different "demo" going on by someone.

And there are street performers, of course (hopefully I will be doing a post on Holland's Street Performer series soon!  Stay tuned...stilts are sometimes involved!)

Eddie and I had a great time with my mom a the market (see my sweet flowers?)  We will definitely be going back again...soon!

By the time we were getting ready to leave, it was getting pretty crowded and it was hard not to completely take someone out with the stroller.  Cort had given me $20 to spend and I bought strawberries, asparagus, shucked peas, and flowers, and still came home with 50 cents!

Now, if I could get myself off "spending lock down", I could take you, my readers, to more cute places in Downtown Holland.  But for now, I hope you can enjoy the Farmer's Market!  I know we did!

9 comments:

Trisha V. said...

My mom just went to the cutest jewelry store down there last weekend. She said it was older stuff at really cheap prices. We NEED to go there sometime! Holland is great!!

alicia said...

Um, that market looks amazing. Wish we had that!

Gina said...

That market looks fabulous! Glad you had a good time there!

Miranda said...

You've totally inspired me! I'm going to find out when the local dairy farm opens their farmer's market for the summer! Now I'm excited about a new Saturday morning routine!

Maureen said...

Oooh that looks like so much fun! I wish there are farmers market that nice here :D

Pumpkin and Piglet said...

Looks like a great place! We don't have anything like that where I live but there's a fantastic farmers market at my mum's so I go there when we visit. I so wish we had one more local!

Mama Hen said...

Ahhhh the old spending lock down! Hmmmm! That is really great that you are shopping in your local stores and markets. I am buying my veggies and fruits from a local farmer. Have a wonderful day!

Mama Hen

Natalie said...

I LOVE your farmer's market pictures! We used to live down by the beach and they had an amazing market every Sunday...I miss it. But I can always come back and visit your pictures as a reminder ;)

Jeremy and Tonya said...

Oh how I miss the Holland farmer's market! It looks like its only getting better. LOVE the pink peonies in the first flower pic. Jeremy and I have been meaning to check out a great green market in Lincoln Park.

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