after the hiatus

I didn’t mean to be away for nearly (but not quite!) six months, but I got caught up in life.

we’ve been staying busy with school and work; john graduated on july 25th, but we’re staying put until next july or august, probably, as he takes even more classes, in order to get teacher certified. the plan is for him to get his teacher certification in secondary education, as he wants to teach high school history, then move to wherever he can find a job – and hopefully where we can have a little bit of land, enough for a huge garden, a treehouse, and maybe a few chickens, and room to grow.

john and i have been going to the local farmer’s market as often as we are able. the market is on saturdays from 8-12, and wednesdays from 4-6, which is much smaller than the one on the weekend; the saturday one proves to be difficult for me to get to, as i work at 8:30 nearly every saturday morning. that one time a month, though, that i get to go to the big saturday market totally makes my day and starts my weekend off on an absolutely beautiful note. i love the sense of community that i always feel whenever we’re at the farmer’s market, seeing so many people come together over local, beautiful food. we spent $14 last saturday, and came away with such bounty – 2 sweet red peppers, 3 zucchini, 2 cucumbers, 2 huge tomatoes, 1/2 peck red potatoes (which turned out to be a huge grocery bag full!), 2 bulbs of garlic, a big bag of collard greens, broccoli, and the most enormous cauliflower i have seen in my entire life.

we’ve really been interested in local + homemade foods, aghast and dismayed at the statistic that shows that on average, each item on the supermarket shelves has traveled 1500 miles. on average! of course, that number doesn’t seem high enough when you have navel oranges from South Africa, apples from New Zealand, and garlic from China nestled in your shopping cart. there are times I’m at the supermarket, wanting to buy a green pepper; pick one up, see the “grown in mexico” sticker, and put it back, because I can’t justify the purchase. I can wait until the next farmer’s market, where I know that the pepper traveled a maximum of 30 miles, rather than several hundred (besides, then they’re 33 cents each, rather than $1.99! another bonus).

books that I’ve found fascinating lately:

Plenty, by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, by Molly Wizenberg

Sleeping Naked is Green, by Vanessa Farquharson

The Produce Bible, by Deborah Madison

Slow Food : Collected Thoughts on Taste, Tradition, and the Honest Pleasures of Food, by Carlo Petrini

time to go, I think; john’s quoting “Top Gun” along with the movie.

I’ll be back soon, I promise.

4 Responses to “after the hiatus”

  1. 1 heidi October 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    really missed your updates! :)

  2. 3 lemoineau October 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    oh, you guys. i love you. :)

  3. 4 heidi October 24, 2009 at 2:30 am

    i guess my comment wasnt really related to the post. i was just like whoa an update!
    anyway i love farmers markets too. we are lucky that ours runs april-december. i havent read any books on the subject, all i know is that those veggies taste ten! times! better! than the store. and you get so much more. YUM

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