[custom_frame_leftfarmersmarket[/custom_frame_left]Can you believe we are closing in on the end of another summer already?

Time flies by, but the good news is summer is not over yet! There is plenty time to enjoy the final days of warm weather.

This year, I’m planning a long weekend at the beach for our anniversary to savor the remaining summer days. Cannot wait!

But you don’t have to go on a last minute beach vacation to enjoy yourself. Some of my favorite summer pastimes include practicing yoga in the fresh air, reading outside, taking a walk in the park, sipping on a cocktail poolside, or visiting the farmers’ markets.

What are you doing to savor the remaining days of summer?

If you haven’t hit up your local farmers’ market, I strongly suggest you do. While my in-laws were in town last week, we hit up the one close to my house. (See the photo above – notice the huge smile on my face. I LOVE it!)

It was on my “To Do” list for 3 years, and I finally got around to going last year. For some reason I couldn’t get my butt there. I don’t know what took me so long.

Now, I go early, before the crowd hits, and stock up on my weekly vegetables, fruits, eggs, and a loaf of whole grain bread. One of my favorite stands sells side dishes made with quinoa and wheat berries. They taste fantastic, give me ideas for future recipes, and save me time during the week because dinner is already made.

Farmers markets are great for meat eaters too. My husband, Jason, loved the pork chops he bought and grilled. Even better, farmers’ markets are dog and children friendly. There is something special about meeting the farmers and buying local. It warms my heart.

You have to check it out. Local harvest (www.localharvest.com) is a great resource to find a farmers’ market near you.

Take action now: Look up your local farmers’ market and make a date with your spouse, significant other, or a friend for this Saturday. Go early, eat something fresh for breakfast, and have FUN.

Of course I want to hear from you. Have you been to your local farmers market?

What is your favorite thing to purchase? If you have a recipe that goes along with your favorite item, please share it too.

Happy shopping xo,


P.S. Next week I’ll be sharing one of my favorite farmers’ market recipes.