I have just come off of an incredible amount of work and learning. I just pushed through and made it to the other side. I tend to do this and then I want a major break, which starts this crazy really intense up and down work style.
I have often thought that I shouldn’t do this. I would be better off being on an even keel, but it’s just not in the cards or not in my nature, so I guess I’m looking at excepting it and embracing it. Dare I say… planning on it.
One thing that I find to be a major draw back to this type of intensity is the stress. With the stress I tend to lose sight of being grateful. Usually I’m pretty quick to get back on track, but sometimes it takes awhile.
One of the ways I found that I get off track is making time for the farmer’s market. I know that’s going to sound a bit weird, but it’s true. I feel that I don’t have time for one more chore and going to the market feels just like that, a chore. An obligation that I don’t want to meet, so I limit myself to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
I’m so grateful to the people that organize the farmer’s market, the farmers, and everyone that participates in the market and I don’t want it to go away. So I’m going to make a commitment to going. Going and being present. Returning weekly and taking it all in. Even if I don’t have a list and I don’t feel like I have the time. I’m making the time.
I tend to limit myself to thinking I have to go to one of the market’s that’s held on Saturday or Sunday. In San Diego there are many more markets that are close to me. So if I miss one there is always another.
Here’s to fresh food that doesn’t come from the industrial food complex.
blakeJuly 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Love it. I'm about to start exploring the markets in SC… can't wait to make it part of our routine again. I agree, it's important to support the things you can't imagine living without! So simple, but easy to lose sight of.
katie//salt+pineJuly 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM
I totally hear what you are saying. I'm an up and down person, too. We have a CSA box we get every week and I also shop at the local food co-op, so sometimes the farmer's market does feel like one extra thing I want to skip. I really enjoy seeing the farmers we know though, so I need to recommit, too. And I love going down to visit my parents and hitting the La Jolla farmers market–especially in our off season because there are so many good things that just don't grow well up here!
KarinaJuly 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM
I have one walking distance and haven't been making the time to do it either. Life does feel slower and more small town when I shop at the farmer's market weekly. I think it's those little things we can do to make a life richer. A good reminder.
180360July 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM
My work tends to go like that too. I know we've talked about the whole balance issue before and it does seem near impossible. Hope you can rest now and enjoy the summer before the next rush hits!
As for the markets, if only we had some here. I've tried supporting what we do get but mostly they're from California and not organic. 🙁 Thankfully, we've managed to harvest some of our own food this summer which is almost as good. If only I could grow it all!
Desi McKinnonJuly 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM
I miss those markets. They were always so inspiring. When you have an oyster bar at your Farmers' Market you are dialed in.
Desi McKinnonJuly 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM
I like that community feeling so much. I went to the vintage flea market today. It was really fun.
Desi McKinnonJuly 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM
If anyone could figure out a way to grow it all in Vegas it would be you my friend.
torrieAugust 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM
that is one of the things i love most about our travels to northern ca. we have a farmer's market here, but new and super tiny… i recently discovered one a couple of city's over that i love.
for so many reasons, i'm going to make the same commitment. to go… weekly.