i am currently in a wonderfully whimsical cafe in gloucester. if i could choose anywhere to do work, catch up with friends, read or blog, it would absolutely be at a cafe. one can't help but feel trendy and hip (and c'mon, don't we ALL strive for those two qualities?!) with a dash of artistic pretentiousness whilst at a cafe. something between the groovy music playing, the caffeinated inspiration handed to you in a hot mug (or icy cup, depending on the weather), and smells of the lattes and pastries always get me.
in fact, if i didn't currently have a meter ticking away my time in my parking spot, i probably wouldn't ever leave this cafe.
however, i do have some time before the meter's out, so i thought i'd tell you about a little adventure i went on with some friends yesterday.
|look at all those beautiful vegetables!|
|bins and bins of fruit! a dream come true|
|what a beautiful display!|
that's another cool thing about farmer's markets-free samples! i was able to try cheeses, jams, tea, breads...it was a mini feast! i am all about my free samples, too. what is better than free food? nothing, friends. nothing.
|sarah and briana with some bread samples and lemonade. a perfect afternoon treat!|
while i don't eat much bread, (gluten, you know...) Piantedosi had some very intriguing and tempting bread flavors like dark chocolate chip and mocha chip. mmmm.....
|a sample of cranberry orange bread. later i tried their rosemary olive oil bread. omgsuhgood.|
amongst all the fruits, veggies, and bikes, there were also flowers being sold!
|my favorite flower-the sunflower!|
in the end, i bought swiss chard (ever tried it? i hadn't, and they looked so plump and pulsing with health i just couldn't turn them down.), zucchini (which i am extremely excited to turn into zucchini muffins) and apricots (i've never had these little guys either! my world of vegetables and fruits truly was grown thanks to my farmer's market trip.)
|smoothies make me smile.|
all in all, it was a lovely trip to the farmer's market. i am very blessed to be living in a town where it is just a few blocks away from my apartment, so it is very easy to walk to.
my challenge for you, dear reader, is to go find a local farmer's market near you and stop by! i promise you will not regret it!
now go eat a leafy green!