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It’s Friday, I’m in Love: Farmer’s Markets

It must be summer, because the Farmer’s Market in Bastion Square is BACK! 

produce in Bastion Square

Yummy Local Produce / Farm Goodies

This market is run by the Island Chef’s Collaborative, with proceeds going to fund local farms.  Not only do the farm participants directly profit, there is a grant program where farms can apply to fund upgrades like new fencing and the like. 

I love farm markets almost as much as I love craft & artisan markets.  What’s not to love?  FRESH, local produce, sometimes handpicked that morning.  These veggies and fruit are so alive, flavourful, and right from my backyard so to speak.  Gives a new meaning to taste and to the abundance that is all around. 

It is important to consider your shopping habits and to support local whenever possible.  Local farm market products tend to be farmed small-scale using organic methods.  You can talk to the actual person who grew the tomato you are going to buy.  You are putting money into the local economy and healthy goodness into your body. 

Need more?  Perhaps you will be inspired by James and Alissa who spent a year on a 100-mile diet  and lived to tell the tale. 

It becomes easier, once the farm markets appear, to eat locally.  Eating locally is not only a more sustainable practice, it is healthier for you, your family and the planet.  No flying / trucking produce from places you’ve never been to.  No chemical residue clinging to the fruit that goes in your mouth. 

No GMO’s.  No trans fat.  No added sugar. 

Instead:

Natural, Fresh, Delicious, Juicy

Yummmmmm. 

Go seek out your local farm market and see what you can find. 

Then eat it.

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It’s Friday, I’m in Love: Tickle your senses

Bread and Roses ~ James Oppenheim
As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”
As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!
As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for — but we fight for roses, too!
As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler — ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

 

There is a rose bush by my place, squeezed between the street, sidewalk and parking lot. 

See it?

I walk by it almost every day. 

I love this rose bush. 

It tickles my senses:  a heavenly scent – rich and velvety,  a vibrant magenta colour. 

Yummmm

And it’s hardy…it blooms every year, sandwhiched there, with no one really taking care of it.  Tenacious, grounded.  The poem, Bread and Roses,  and it’s symbolism, has  represented many a cause . 

Like the poem, my rose bush reminds me that not only do we need function, we also need beauty.

Today, stop and smell the roses.

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It’s Friday, I’m in Love: Monkey Business

Aren’t these the best sock monkeys?  I’m lucky because I get to look at them all summer. 

They are my neighbours at the Bastion Square Artisan Market, here in Victoria.  Cathy of Lil’ Bean Toys makes these gems – look closely, you’ll see ballerinas and pirates, aargh! 

She has been getting lots of comments about sock monkeys because of this commercial:

Love the “mom” tattoo! 

More on sock monkey history here 

What are you in love with today? 

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It’s Friday, I’m in Love ~ New weekly post

I’m going to try this out and see how it works.  The idea is to find and showcase handmade items, thus supporting the handmade sector.  I hope you will enjoy this feature.  

For the first feature, I’m going directly to Etsy Treasury.  On Etsy, even if you don’t log in, you can see the Treasury.  One is posted on the front page, and then to the left, you can access all of them by a button.  Treasury is member curated – which means anyone who is a member on Etsy can choose the items and post a Treasury. 

I found MocHa MeriNgue For Mom .  I like the peacefulness of these items…perfect for Mom’s relaxation.  Have a look, maybe you will spot something your mom would like.

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