Shop Fresh, Shop Local, and Shop Small
Growing up in a family of small business owners, I always try whenever possible, to support small business. I know how hard it is to realize your dream of doing what you love, sharing it with your community, and all the blood sweat and tears that comes with the adventure. Having said that, there is nothing more rewarding than hanging your name above the door, seeing your business grow, and hopefully reaping the fruits of your labor. I hold a special place in my heart for all the “mom and pop” shops out there and I encourage everyone to show your support for them as well by “shopping small” whenever you can. Keep the American Dream alive and going strong.
I also grew up in a family of potato farmers. My Grandfather on my Dad’s side of the family was a potato farmer in Van Buren, Maine. Talk about hard work. Many of my Aunts and Uncles and cousins carried on the tradition of the family business. I absolutely believe that a large part of the strong work ethic I have today, was formed during the years that I picked potatoes. Potato harvest was a big deal in Van Buren. We woke up at the crack of dawn, and dressed in layers because it was pretty cold in the wee hours before the sun could warm us all up, as we worked all day in the fields. The potato digger and tractor would turn up the earth and reveal all the beautiful tubers lying beneath. We would then pick them, pile them in large baskets, and carry them over to fill many large barrels. It was hard work, but we made a little spending money of our own, and it made us all stronger, wiser, and more appreciative as a result. As you can probably tell, I hold a special place in my heart for all farmers as well.
When you shop at farmers markets, such as The Yellow Green Farmer’s Market that we went to, you not only get to see local artisans at work, eat healthy, fresh organic products, but in many cases get to meet the people that planted, nurtured, and harvested the food you put on the table for you, your family, and your friends. AND you support local small business owners. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
If you’ve never been to a farmer’s market or farm stand, please go. It’s wonderful. A win win experience for everyone! 🙂
Here are a few photos that my husband Edwin and I took of our trip to The Yellow Green Farmer’s Market in Hollywood, Florida.
A plethora of produce!
Oodles of olives!
An array of Artisans and Food Crafters! ( These were just a couple, there are many many more)
We got to enjoy some of the foods sold at the market at a cute little restaurant called Happytizer Bar!
While enjoying some live music!
And last but not least, they are dog-friendly so we were able to bring little Jasmine too! 🙂
A fun day had by all! 🙂