My husband (Terry) was in the mood to hit up a Farmer’s Market today. So we packed the kids up and headed to a rather well known market…
I don’t think we’d ever taken the kids to Pike Place, and it’d been quite some years since I’ve been myself. Our family is known for taking random day trips like these and are kids are pretty accustomed to long car rides.
While the produce was certainly beautiful, Terry and I noted that the prices seemed higher than our local farmer’s market. Perhaps this is due to the location or other factors, but we ended up buying only a single pear and a couple of fruit logs for the kids before leaving. At any rate, it was fun to walk around!
Since we were already in Seattle, I suggested we stop in at Uwajimaya. Have you ever been? If not, I highly recommend it – it’s such a treat to visit! They have their own parking lot and if you end up spending $7 or more, you can get your parking ticket validated.
I actually spotted a deal as soon as we walked in – Spitz sunflower seeds were on sale for $1.29 each. They had $1/2 peelies on them – that’d make them just $0.79 a bag! They were decent sized bags too. They also had 1 lb strawberries for $1.50 each and bunches of green onions for $0.33 each. Here’s my daughter and I just inside the store, in the produce department.
Here is what I love most at Uwajimaya…fun produce!
These bad boys sure gave me some memories of my durian tasting party in January…I decided to pass today.
My husband has decided he’s doing a new diet starting today. It basically involves eating mostly produce, chicken, and fish for the first part. We decided last night to set our monthly food budget for June to $350. The best way it seemed to me to accomplish this? If I joined him on his diet to avoid making two different meals each night. Apparently then, I’m on a diet now. For the kids, we’ll basically serve up the same items, and just add a few sides as need be. So…guess what. I’m sharing my monthly spending and savings plans with you…while on a pretty healthy diet.
At Uwajimaya, we ended up buying just produce: artichokes, the sale onions and sale strawberries, plus some mushrooms, watercress, and cucumbers.
We took the scenic drive home from Seattle and low and behold! We ran into a farmer’s market!
Turns out this is the Columbia City Farmer’s Market in Rainier Valley and it runs each Wednesday from 3 – 7pm. I’d never been, but I have to say, it was one of the best ones I’ve been to! Lots of great vendors, plus such a friendly vibe! I would definitely make the drive to go again.
Here’s my son, sampling some cheese from one of the vendor tables. On the drive home, Terry and I recounted all the free samples my son enjoyed today: peach, pear, cheese, two kinds of jam, raspberry cider, granita, two kinds of cheese, and a fortune cookie at Uwajimaya. Lots of goodies!
We also found a baby goat at the Farmer’s Market! I tried to get my daughter to pet it, but it bleated and hid under the table.
Ready to see what we ended up with?
We paid $25.07 for all the produce and $41 for the Alaskan salmon (at the Farmer’s Market). The organic apricot jam was our splurge for the kiddos at $6. Total: $72.07. This leaves us about $278 the rest of the month. I probably won’t do any more shopping this week except perhaps for some freebies or cheapies at one of the drugstores.
While I’ve been working on this post tonight, my wonderful hubby cooked up this wonderful stir fry with all the produce we got. Isn’t he great? I put mine on a bed of Russian kale. Delicious!
Have you been to your local farmer’s market lately? Or maybe one that’s not so local, but just for fun to explore?