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Farmer’s Market Haul

Hey hey!  I hope you are enjoying your Saturday so far!

This morning, I went to a community event with some of my friends from Solus.  We did a warm up and demonstrated stretching techniques before the participants set out on a walk/run through downtown Jackson.  Since I was already downtown, I decided to head over to the farmer’s market after the event.

Today was the first day that the market had a full house, and it made me so excited to think about all the options that will be available there this summer!  I love going to the market on Saturday mornings in the summer – talking with the local farmers, sampling products, smelling the fresh berries, enjoying the hot summer breeze…it’s the perfect way to start a weekend if you ask me.

I was excited to find some good tomato plants, zucchini and squash plants, cucumber plants, and jalapeno plants.  I think I might have paid around $35 for everything together, and it was quite the haul.  It overjoys me to think that spending $35 up front and then growing these in our garden will keep us from buying imported produce at the grocery store for a long time.

The tomato plants are already fairly large, and I cannot wait to get them in the ground!  I bought two Cherokee Purple tomato plants and one other type.  I can’t remember the name (and I’m too lazy at the moment to go outside and look) of the other type.

I bought eight jalapeno plants today, but we may end up planting more.  We go through fresh jalapenos with incredible speed at this house, and we also plan on pickling some this year.  I bought regular cucumbers and pickling cucumbers as well.  Who wants to come over late summer and help me for a full weekend?  I’ll teach you my grandmother’s recipe for homemade bread and butter pickles!  I’ll even let you star in your very own vlog (and you may even get the window unit from my kitchen as a bonus prize). 🙂


After loading up my car with my vegetable plants, I wandered around the other venders and came away a few awesome finds.

Fresh rosemary!  I cannot wait to use this!

Fresh crab cakes!!!  I cannot tell you how awesome these are.  There is a couple that drives from Florida to our farmers market every weekend, and they have the best fresh seafood ever.  I love these crab cakes because they are FULL of crab, and they are spicy!

Fresh chocolate milk – this stuff was a total impulse buy.  It is crazy delicious.

I’m about to get ready and go to a bridal shower for my niece, and then tonight we are attending the wedding and reception of my sweet friend, Cara.  It should be a great night!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

So tell me…

What is your favorite thing to get at the farmers market?

What are you up to this weekend?

Spring Garden & Spaghetti Squash

Hello loves!  I hope that you have had a wonderful Wednesday!

It has been incredibly gorgeous here all week, and I am absolutely loving it.  I love being able to wear all my wedge sandals again!  I hope that you have been having some warm sunny weather wherever you are. 🙂

I have news…. exciting news!

Do you know what that is?!?!?!  It’s part of our spring garden!!! (Can you tell I’m excited?!)  This one little cutie is one of my favorite vegetables – Brussels sprouts!  Daniel has also planted onions, corn, and purple hull peas.  We will end up planting broccoli, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, and possibly eggplant.  I cannot wait until I can walk outside and pick all the veggies I need instead of buying them.

Oh, and I’m sure I will also plant some herbs, but I’ll more than likely kill them after about 5 weeks.  That seems to be the trend. 🙂

I have to share my dinner from tonight with you – it was so easy and delicious.  I knew I wanted to use up my spaghetti squash tonight, but it turned into something much more than I was expecting.

  • One spaghetti squash, halved and scooped out, roasted at 350 for about 30-40 minutes

  • 3 (I think) wedges light swiss Laughing Cow cheese

  • 1 tbsp goat cheese

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • sauteed mushrooms

  • 2 Trader Joe’s jalapeno chicken sausages, heated in a skillet and then sliced

  • garlic powder

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

It was scrumptious and extremely filling.  Best part – leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

So tell me…

Do you have a vegetable garden?  If you do (or if you wish you did), what would you plant?

Have you ever cooked with spaghetti squash?


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