Friday Photos: Market Deal-ee-o’s!!

Yesterday was an absolutely spectacular day to make a visit to the market! The last time I went it was but the early days of 2011…

our local farmer's market!

Since I didn’t have to be at the store until late afternoon, it was the perfect day to accompany Dad on his weekly trip.

Busy place! Dad usually goes first thing in the morning, but yesterday we arrived late morning – it was much more crowded earlier in the day (but still not as bad as mid-summer when the tourists will visit). Things work out as they’re meant to be, though – within five minutes of our arrival, we bumped into Cathie‘s parents at the chicken vendor! What a lovely reunion!

I had three goals for this outing:

1) stock up on produce

2) see how much $ I could save vs shopping at Valumart (hello, Holly, and the Great Grocery Challenge for May!)

3) spend time with Dad! πŸ™‚

Coles Notes version of our trip: all three goals accomplished, successfully!

Last year, I did a series of posts called Friday Photos. In honour of Friday Photos – and to document the great savings! – let’s let the market photos do the talking…

i bought this SAC of spinach for $4.99 - it contains easily double the amount i get at valumart for the same price

i love prepared fresh salad bags - a SMALLER bag at valumart is $1.49

a new type of apple to me; a taste test proved it delicious: crisp, slightly tart...$10 for 17 of these beauties!

an avacado score!! now that's a good price, eh dorry?! i got three and would have bought more, but they were pretty ripe...

Final total of my market haul: $29 (I spent $22 – Dad so kindly and generously treated me to broccoli (three bunches for $5) and the avacados – thanks again, Dad!).

the total picture - yup, i am STOCKED with greens + apples! good thing everything will keep well in the fridge!

And just to end off, some photos simply for fun and colour!

Have you been to a farmer’s market yet in 2011? The season for locally grown items is just around the corner for us; local asparagus and strawberries will be among the first “100 mile diet”-style goodies available!

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Kick-off to Mother’s Day weekend!…

Something to read: “Why the 1970s were the best time to be a mom” from today’s Globe and Mail.

Happy Weekend, all!

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  • Johanna B  On May 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I am making my first journey to our Farmer’s Market in the morning. Ours doesn’t open up for the season until early April. Tomorrow is going to be the “master gardener” show and I’m planning to purchase some herb plants for my back porch. I want to get basil and I haven’t decide on the second one. Will wait and see what looks good. I love fresh basil on a tomato and melted cheese sandwich. Yum!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Oh, that’s fun that you have an outing planned and that you have a specific purpose for your trip! I hope you find your herbs…and enjoy the gardening show!

  • Dorry  On May 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I love Farmers Markets! I was planning to go this week, but I never made the time. Busy Bird. Maybe I can squeeze it in over the weekend! Gorgeous pics.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Yes, you have blogged some great accounts and showed beautiful photos of your market experiences, dorry!
      It IS quicker for me to pop to the grocery store, so I understand that we can’t always fit in a market trip; hope you can get to your market this weekend!

  • Holly  On May 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I love our farmer’s market — we’re going on Sunday I think to hopefully stock up for the week. I love that the food is fresh, healthy and CHEAP!!!

    You got some good deals — $4.99 for that big bag of spinach? I hope I find something like that this weekend!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

      That’s neat that your market is on sunday! Ours is saturdays and thursdays, year-round, then also tuesdays in summer.
      Please blog/ share any huge deals you find! I’d love hear!!

  • Gina Unger  On May 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I love the Farmer’s Market! Brings back great memories for me… MAYBE I’ll get to go again sometime next month when I visit. πŸ™‚ Your stock looks like the stock in our fridge – we all love avocados, too, around here – guacamole is a fav. Can’t wait to read that 1970s article later on. Thanks for sharing!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

      I’d love to hear you impression of that article, being a “70’s child” and a mom in 2011! I found it very interesting!
      Ah yes, you know how very good this market is! Hope you can work a trip there into your visiting schedule!

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