Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Trip To The Farmer's Market

This morning I woke up early.  I thought that I could get a lot of stuff done around the house this morning while my husband was tutoring kids.  Then, I stepped outside to walk the dogs on this gorgeous fall day, and I decided that being stuck inside the house would be almost criminal.  Plus, I really didn't want to mop...

The Dallas Farmer's Market was having a pumpkin festival today.  I had debated whether or not I wanted to go by myself with both girls, but I decided it would be a nice outing.  I didn't really know much about what activities would be happening, or how much they would cost.

I'm really glad that my 4 year old asked to go to the restroom as soon as we got there, because had we taken our normal route through the produce section, I might have missed the free children's activities all together.  They were located in an area where nothing is usually happening, and I would not have thought to go that way.  But we saw it on our way back to the produce and we walked over.  They had several carnival games and crafts for the kids, with small prizes they could win.  There was even one table sponsored by the library system and Half Price Books that gave each of my kids a free book.

Then we went and walked around checking out the produce, sampling all the delicious fruits and veggies that they offered.  By the time we were done, both of my kids were too full to eat lunch!  We bought a few things that I thought were a really good deal, and will keep well in the freezer.

The bag is full of raspberries.  They were very ripe, so I have already frozen them for use in smoothies/oatmeal/pancakes/muffins.  I paid $4 for them.  I got all of those green beans for $4 also, and $5 for the squash.  

I love being able to stock up on fresh produce when it is in season.  I was actually surprised to still see these summer squash available.  I remember buying a bunch of squash at the farmer's market last June and freezing it, so I thought I had missed out.

What is your favorite produce to stock your freezer with when it is in season?  I would have to say mine is berries of all kinds!


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