Saturday Farmer’s Market

You’ll have to indulge me for a moment as I wax on about the Saturday Farmers Market. I’ve been going to the Saturday Farmers Market a lot in the last month or two, but wasn’t really going much at all the first half of summer.  At first, I was in search of the honey lady. She used to be at the main farmer’s market in downtown Gresham, but moved over to the one at MHCC a few years ago. I know. I hunted her down a couple of years ago as summer was drawing to a close and I wasn’t seeing the honey lady at the Saturday farmer’s market in downtown Gresham anymore. She has a Facebook page, but hadn’t updated it in years. Hmmm. Must not realize the power of social media in keeping your people informed… Maybe I should post one of my pictures of her honey on her wall informing others where she is now located…

 

Cute little honey bears

Cute little honey bears at the Farmer’s Market

 

These wind chimes were so awesome! I kept taking boomerang shots of them because it caught the wonderful spinning action. Still pretty like this, but way funner when they are moving.

 

Wind chimes

Wind chimes

 

After finding my honey this summer, I had to go back to see what fruits and vegetables are in season. Okay, mostly fruits. I don’t think I’ve bought a single vegetable from the farmer’s market at all this summer. I have in the past, but this summer I’ve been in search of fresh fruit. Ripened on the tree or vine or bush or whatever plant it’s growing on. I wasn’t too thrilled with my peaches this year. Obvi they were picked way before they were ripened because they had no flavor whatsoever and started going bad without ever gaining any. Big disappointment. My nectarines were wonderful, but my pears, just so-so. Couldn’t find any plums at either market, so we headed off to another stand for those.

 

Radishes

Radishes – I hate them, but they sure are pretty

 

Love the way the light shone through this red glass plate!

Love the way the light shone through this red glass plate!

 

I may have to buy some of this purple cauliflower before market ends this year because – well, it’s purple! How much more fun is that than the regular white kind? Right???

 

Purple and white cauliflower

Purple and white cauliflower

 

Pretty bouquet of flowers

Pretty bouquet of flowers

This week, my mom and I went to the Salvation Army Harvest Days and picked up a bunch of fruits and vegetables. This is for seniors and people with low incomes. They have it once a month on the first Wednesday of the month. Not too proud to take free food when I need it. Nope. So we loaded up on, again mostly fruit, so I didn’t even go to the Saturday farmer’s market this weekend. Way. Too. Much. Fruit. To. Ever. Eat. In. A. Lifetime right now in my house. I seriously made a honeydew/peach smoothie today because that was the fruit that needed eaten the quickest. Sounds weird, but it was pretty good.

 

Green and orange striped mini pumpkins

Green and orange striped mini pumpkins

 

It’s always fun to see the fun craft items people sell, the flowers and the food and all the little doggies that come with their owners. The lady who sells painted rocks also hides 10 of them a week around Gresham. There is even a Facebook page for people who hide rocks around Gresham called Gresham ‘Rocks’

 

Bumblebee rocks

Bumblebee rocks

Even though I didn’t make it this week, I’ll have to make sure I go again in the next weekend or two because soon they will be closing for the winter. In fact, the one at MHCC  already closed the end of last month.

I still miss the elephant ear stall at the main market in Gresham, though. It’s just not the same looking for a treat at the food stalls, but never finding the elephant ear one…  🙁

What are your favorite things at a Farmers Market near you?

 

 

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8 Tips for fighting allergies

My allergies this spring are acting up like crazy. We are getting enough rain that everything is super green still and there are so many flowers blooming right now, contributing lots of pollen to the air. But I felt the worst after being out at a campground for three days this week. I’d been fine the first two, but by day 3 my eyes were red, itchy and so watery I had tears coming out of them. I was literally crying allergy tears! Then I got super stuffed up all while having my nose run at the same time. And I kept fighting a really bad headache that I’m not sure if it was caused by the allergies or the the heat that day. It definitely wasn’t cause by stress because I was hanging out with the Cool Pool group that day and having a blast doing it.

So, today, I’m rounding up some tips for fighting allergies for any other allergy sufferer out there.

1. Wear Sunglasses to keep the pollen out of your eyes.

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.

 

2. Take your shoes off by the door and don’t track the pollen into the house. Since I live in an apartment and my shoes would probably get stolen off my front porch if I left them in the house, I always leave mine by the front door inside the house. I realize the pollen is then in the house with me, but at least nobody is tracking it all over the house on their shoes that way.

 

Cosmo

 

3. Wash your hair before going to bed to get any pollen out of it. I don’t wash my hair every day, but did wash it after coming home on two of the three days I was out at the campground. The middle day we were indoors for a good chunk of the day anyway.

 

Blue hydrangeas

 

4. Try to stay indoors on dry days when the pollen counts are high – especially on windy days. Obviously, living in a bubble isn’t going to work for the entire allergy season, but you know, as best as you can.

 

Hosta flowers

 

5. Leave your windows closed during allergy season. I am not lucky enough to have an air conditioner, so I do not always follow this rule, either. If it’s been a hot day, I want to get as much cool air into the house as possible to cool the house down at night.

 

Lily

 

6. Wash your pillow cases more often. Yeah. I’m bad about that one. Can’t change them every day, but if I’m not washing my hair that night, I could be leaving pollen on my pillow for the next night, even if I have washed my hair by then.

 

Pink rose

 

7. Use the air conditioning in your car rather then opening the windows or vents.

 

She's on fire!

She’s on fire!

 

8. Check the pollen counts in your area and plan your day accordingly. Not always feasible because you may have things you planned months ago, but for last minute day outings this could work.

I’ve also heard that eating honey grown locally can help you build up a resistance to allergies. But I’ve never been able to tell if it’s actually working for me. Maybe I’m not eating enough locally grown honey. I wouldn’t recommend it over taking some allergy medication but perhaps in addition to them.

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