Saturday Smiles: Farmer’s Markets, Whole Foods, and Good Eats

I have lived in the country for most of my life, and I have never been to a Farmer’s Market.  Not once.  So when my sister Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) became giddy with excitement when we drove past one, I didn’t fully under stand.  But as we walked through the stands set up with the freshest of vegetables, breads, flowers, and cheese, I felt her excitement rub off on me.  This was pure summer, set up in a grassy field in the center of town. 

I have been missing out on so much!

Of course there was a touch of Autumn.  Sunflowers!  They had the biggest, brightest sunflowers for sale, and I’ve decided that — before the season is done — a bouquet will find its way home with me.  Love, love, love sunflowers!

And — of course — my excitement continued as we made our way through Whole Foods and Target later in the day.  I wouldn’t be able to afford shopping in Whole Foods on a regular basis, but I absolutely love looking.  And I’m beginning to find a few items that I can splurge on, like Justin’s Honey Peanut butter and Tea.  Oh, and of course, their free samples are pretty cool too.  🙂

I spread my money out, picking up some packets of peanut butter and this fun stuff…  Whole Foods has the greatest assortment of tea, and the Rishi Tea — Tropical Crimson blend — was on sale.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it smells heavenly!   And I’ve been meaning to try Target’s new salad dressing from Giada, so that will make for a cheap meal next week (just going to toss the Parmesan Garlic dressing with pasta, fresh veggies, and chicken). I also picked up some Honey Nut Chex for I-need-something-sweet-and-crunchy munching. 

And — of course — a trip to Whole Foods isn’t complete unless we’ve eaten lunch somewhere.  I’m beginning to think that Sarah and I go out as an excuse to buy some good food.  The window-shopping is just filler.  Lunch?  Now that’s the important part.  I always get the same thing when I go to Panera, so I decided to be a bit spontaneous and went with their Tomato Mozzerella Panini.  Fresh Ciabetta bread filled with slices of tomatoes, sun-dried tomato pesto, fresh mozzerella and then grilled to perfect.  So good!  I paired it with a Greek salad, which is also new to me.  Definitely will be trying both selections again. 

And for the ride home, we stopped at our favorite coffee chain: Starbucks. They came back with their pumpkin latte, which I am very excited about.  But as it was a hot day and felt more like summer than fall, I went with their Caramel Latte (with soy, instead of milk).  So refreshing!  (They also just came out with a Toffee Mocha Latte. Has anyone tried it yet?  If so, what’d you think?).

Definitely a fun day spent with my best friend.  Can’t wait to see what the rest of the weekend will bring!

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3 Responses to Saturday Smiles: Farmer’s Markets, Whole Foods, and Good Eats

  1. Oh my goodness. So much fun in one day. I had a blast. 😀

    And—haha—I think you’re right. We totally go out for the food. 😉

  2. Abby says:

    This sounds awesome! Panera is one of my favorite places! Those sunflowers look so cheery.

  3. sophia says:

    Starbucks now also has pumpkin cream cheese muffins!!! I’m excited about that!! 😀

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