Thursday, August 19, 2010

What I did this summer...


This past week marked the beginning of the school year in our area. I remember those first day of school jitters well. I could never sleep the night before and in the morning my stomach would do somersaults. I could never eat breakfast on the first day of school. It was partly anticipation and partly pure terror. Would I get in Ms. Soandso's class? Would any of my friends be in my class? In other words, there were a lot of unknowns. One seeming constant however, was the obligatory first day assignment of sharing with the class "What I did this summer". I sort of dreaded this assignment. I mean it was summer. What I really wanted to say was "I didn't have to go to school!" But they wanted more... Ummm, welllll, lets see...well "I went swimming", that was always something fun I could throw in. What I didn't share was that in between swimming in an actual pool, there was a lot of playing in the yard with the water hose and maybe slidding on some black plastic. "I played with friends." There again, it was mostly with my sisters, but also doesn't sound cool, at all. "Oh and we went to the beach!" Score! Very cool. Only it was usually just for the day, at the end of which we'd pack into the car and drive 90 miles back home. We were exhausted, sticky from salt water, sunburned, and with sand in some very uncomfortable places, but who needed to know those details. Yup, I'd had another great summer! So in honor of the first week of school, I thought I'd share what I did this summer, well part of it anyway.
At the beginning of the summer I blogged about the farmers market that I manage.Well the summer has flown by and we have ended another successful year at our market. It's a lot of work, in sometimes extreme heat, to run a farmers market. However, it's also so rewarding it to see our local community get excited about buying local grown and produced foods and merchandise and knowing the impact it has on our farmers livelihoods.

 
Lots of fresh locally grown produce 


One of our blueberry farmers sampling another farmers watermelon...it was as good as it looks!

Oats rolled while you wait.

Beautiful cut flowers


Farm fresh eggs

Home baked goodies

Cooking demos
Live music
Handmade pottery
  Handmade soaps

 
Art projects for the kids

  It was a great summer! To see what I did with the rest of my summer, see my previous post. So what did you do this summer??

3 comments:

bellini valli said...

My summer has been spent being a tourist in my own town so beaches, wineries, hiking....every Saturday morning to the farmers market though.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Fresh produce = my love

Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen said...

Adjusting to living in a 500 sq. ft. apt. We are building a home and had to move out of our other home after we sold it. Life has become quite simple and uncomplicated...now...kinda wondering why we are building!! Miss my big kitchen and garden tho.