Farmer’s Market & Winter Weather.
Do you ever have plans and then life throws a wrench into them?
If not, then consider yourself lucky.
The girlie came home sick on Friday, proceeded to run a fever most of the weekend.
She attempted school yesterday.
Made it two hours. I was on snack duty for the soccer game, but that got cancelled due to the impending snow.
It was a good thing though because I awoke on Monday to my ankle hurting.
I have no recollection of twisting it but realized by the afternoon that it was quite swollen.
I’m following the RICE method, but monitoring it since it came out of nowhere.
And there aren’t any indications of external cuts for infection.
Add in the two-hour school delay for what turned out to be a dusting of snow…
Needless to say, my house looks like a tornado and a hurricane met up and had a baby.
So what do you do when that’s your reality?
Hobble yourself into Panera to meet your girlfriend and commiserate about the weather (we are both Florida transplants).
But I am really trying to embrace the Virginia weather.
Okay, maybe not really. I’m counting down the days until spring.
I hope Old Man Weather gets the memo that no cold is allowed to happen once we reach that magical date!
If you caught last week’s Friday Faves, then you’ll know about my newest read.
I’m about 75% of the way through now. Melody Warnick offers lots of ways to “Love Where You Live”.
I mentioned the 3/50 project in Friday’s post.
Another that she mentions is the Farmer’s Market.
She says there is a tendency for more interaction, more community in the way a farmer’s market is set up (i.e.-multiple vendors…etc).
I love her statistics that if the residents just here in southern Virginia would agree to spend 15% of our weekly food budget on locally grown food products, it would generate $90 million in new income for area farms!
Local money that then usually stays local, generating a stronger local economy.
Prior to reading that section of her book, I happened to go to a Wellness Expo at the Farmer’s Market, which is held at a local nursery, this past Saturday.
I found quite a few wellness goodies that I’ll be sharing this upcoming Friday.
The one perishable that I picked up was this Kombucha.
I am a big fan of Kombucha.
Locally produced makes it that much better.
The distance to Roanoke, Virginia from Floyd, Virginia is about 42 miles.
The distance from a “big name” brand Kombucha, that I drink, to Roanoke, is over 2400 miles.
Another plus was that I got to talk to one of the owner/brewers of Tha Best! Kombucha.
She let me try samples before I committed to the Lavender Lemonade.
Then I added a bottle of Winter Chai after learning that some of the flavors are seasonal and this would be the last week for Winter Chai.
The containers are refillable and certain flavors are on tap at a variety of locations nearby.
Their Facebook page lets you know what flavors will be available at the upcoming Farmer’s Market.
Being part of the community.
So when I then read about how there is a chance to embrace where you live by regularly frequenting the local Farmer’s Market, I could definitely see how becoming a regular face stopping by these vendor’s tables would lead to mutual interaction.
A way to be a part of your community.
Possibly leading to you feeling some place attachment for your locale.
I admit that I have a tendency to forget about this Farmer’s Market and the one held in downtown Roanoke because they were not commonplace where I lived in Florida.
Plus, I’m very bad on the “meal planning” spectrum.
I was surprised at how many crops there were given that it is still winter.
I plan to take more notice of those on my next return.
One positive of the wrench thrown in my plans is that sitting around on the couch lets me catch up on my reading! 🙂
Let your light shine!