Day 7: Forsyth Farmers’ Market

by carolyn on April 7, 2012

Forsyth Farmers' Market

Today Mama and I had a girls’ day which included shopping at our local farmers’ market in Savannah’s Forsyth Park.  I know this is like the fifth time this week that I’ve mentioned my mom. As a point of clarification, I don’t consider myself a mama’s girl or a daddy’s girl. I would like to think that they both consider me their favorite. Admittedly my three sisters are pretty fabulous themselves so I’m sure it’s a close call.

Of the many activities my mom and I pursue together when our schedules allow (mani/pedis, drinks, dinners, etc.) shopping is by far my favorite. I’m sure Mama would agree! Her generosity and patience is amazing when she takes my sisters and me mall hopping in Atlanta as we try to fit in a record number of stores in a mere afternoon. She runs from department to department helping my sister Carrie, who is a horse riding instructor, try on career dresses that she would never actually have an opportunity to wear and then meeting us at different registers to run that magic credit card. Even though Dad usually doesn’t join us at the mall, he is able to partake in the experience later that month when the AmEx bill comes. It’s truly like he is there.

I don’t want you thinking that my sisters and I are totally selfish. Mama is one of those people who is happiest when she is giving. Our joy is her joy, and so on and so forth. We do on occasion treat our mom to shopping trips where we focus on finding her the perfect boots or adding to her cruise wardrobe. These sprees are just as fun and it’s entertaining trying to get mom to push her fashion limits. One time I almost got her to buy a short leather skirt that she totally rocked. (I would insert picture here if I had one.)

In some ways our grocery trips are even more fun. We get to spend more time together talking and usually both of our kitchens benefit from the purchases. We love going to the farmers’ market because of the wide variety of fresh, local food available. Before becoming a bit of a locavore, I assumed farmers’ markets only sold vegetables and fruits. There is so much more! You can buy grassfed beef, fresh eggs, free range chicken, potted herbs, honey, homemade bread, cakes, and more. Last summer there was even peach ice cream. Thank goodness it isn’t summer yet or that ice cream stand would have been a real temptation.

Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

I also love connecting with the people selling the produce. They often have interesting nutrition information and awesome recipes to share. While at the shiitake mushroom stand we learned that dried mushrooms have more nutrients than the fresh ones. Who would’ve thought!

My fridge...maxed out with freshness

Mom and I stocked up on tons of vegetables, eggs, and chicken. We are both pumped about making fresh and light meals that trump our old meals in both nutrition and flavor.

Our Collards

It can be a challenge learning how to incorporate new vegetables or cooking styles into your repertoire. Today we both got a massive amount of collard greens. Mom spent the drive back to the island looking up healthy collards recipes on my iPad…and reading all of the recipe reviews out loud. I now know roughly 50 strangers’ opinions of collard green recipes.

It’s exciting, challenging, and a little bit scary to begin this part of my health journey. I’m thankful that I’ve got my Mama on my side and that she is working towards many of the same goals with me.

 

 

 

 

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1 Bettie Negley April 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Dear Carolyn,
I have loved reading each of your blog posts, but this one, Day 7, may just be my favorite!! It is fun to discover new foods and food recipes with you, and our shopping experience at the Farmer’s Market today was probably more rewarding than any mall shopping we have done. I am so excited to be on our journey to better health together.
Love you so much!!!
your lucky Mama

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2 Leslie April 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I love you and Mama both so much! It has been a privilege to witness such amazing mother-daughter love and kinship in your relationship for so many years

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