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I *heart* my local Farmer’s Market!

April 26, 2010

The rain has us taking a break from all of our outdoor activities but my family has really been enjoying spring this year.  We’ve joined forces with another family from church to do a vegetable garden in our backyard.  We’ve already cleared the areas where the garden will be and have started tilling (again, the rain has us taking a short break).  The kids have their own little plot of land all to themselves and love digging and raking.  They’ve decided that they wanted to grow their favorite flowers – dandelions.  Isaac and Owen have a great planting method in which they simply blow the dandelion seeds onto their soil.  They’re anticipating a bountiful crop.

We’ve also been kept busy naming the worms in the compost bin, making a bird bath as well as several bird feeders and creating a toad house (we’ve been checking everyday but so far no occupants).  The one thing that I am still looking forward to, that will really make my spring complete, is the kick off of the Farmer’s Market season!

The atmosphere and community at a Farmer’s Market is something that I am so glad to be able to share with my boys.   Getting to meet the people who grow the food that we’re eating (and to have our money go directly from our hands to theirs) and tasting all the flavors of Central Illinois as they’re in season really makes us feel connected to our town and neighbors.  Visiting the Farmer’s Market presents Matt and I with so many teachable moments with our kids.  From counting how many dogs are there to trying to find foods from all the colors of the rainbow – we always have a blast.  If you haven’t yet made a family trip to your local Farmer’s Market, please do!  It really is worth it in so many ways.

Some of Our Local Markets

Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market is on Saturdays 7:30am-12pm and Kicks off 
May 15th.

Uptown Normal’s Trailside Market meets on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30pm-6pm beginning June 1st.

Peoria’s Riverfront Market is Saturdays 8am-Noon and runs from June – September.

Check Farmer’s Market Online to find your local Illinois farmers market including markets in Lincoln, Springfield, Champaign/Urbana, and Downs.

Or, if you live outside of Illinois, go to www.localharvest.org to find a market close to you.

Check back here tomorrow when I’ll be talking about making your own baby food with all of that great farm-fresh produce and a chance to win a So Easy Baby Food Kit from Fresh Baby!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    April 27, 2010 7:51 am

    I totally agree and hope to actually make it out more this year!! Thanks for listing them all!!

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