Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Olympia Farmer's Market (and a giveaway!)

Welcome to the August 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Farmer's Markets

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about something new they've learned about their local farmers.


We go to Farmer's Markets a lot. And there is an abundance of chances to do so where we live. You can go to one or two any day of the week (between May and October) but there are also ones that run year round. You can go to a Farmer's Market on a boat, along the waterfront, in an old school, in a fair ground, and many other things. So what could do that was a new experience with Farmer's Markets?
That's why we decided to drive two hours south and visit the Olympia Farmer's Market. The Olympia market is smaller then our big public Market (the Pike Place Market), and it's open less. But the amazing Nikki McClure wrote a beautiful book about it. She makes it sound so wonderful, that as soon as we were done reading it, Moira asked if we could go. So we did, and here's what we found.
Let's go!
Skipping in to the market.
Balloon animals! Moira bought herself a unicorn.
The band
Jazz band!
Fresh fruit.
Delicious pastries.
Thanks for helping
Snow cones.
Moose tracks
Also, ice cream.
After we had poked around, and had all the treats we could handle, we went for a walk along the waterfront to a really cool playground. There was a public sculpture contest happening, and I noticed this cool statue of a mother.
Mother and child
I like to imagine the baby is nursing in a carrier.

Market book
Would you like to win a copy of Nikki McClure's To Market, to Market? It's a great book about Farmer's Markets for a wide range of kids. Right now, we usually read every other page, and skip the part that talks about how the goods get made and to the market. Simply leave a comment (with your email) and tell me your favorite thing about Farmer's Markets. One entry per person please, I'll ship to anywhere in the world. You have until
August 24th to enter.
(We bought this book at the Olympia market, where the entire purchase price goes to help maintain the facilities. This is NOT a sponsered giveaway.)


Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be live and updated by afternoon August 14 with all the carnival links.)

  • 10 Simple Ways to Make the Farmer's Market More Fun for Kids — Lorie at Reading Confetti shares ideas and books to help kids get the most from the farmers market experience.

  • 10 Things I Want To Teach My Daughter About The Importance of Shopping at the Farmer’s Market — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares the ten lessons she hopes to impart to her daughter about the importance of shopping at local farmers markets.

  • Charmed by Two Small Town Markets — Shannon at GrowingSlower was charmed by two small-town farmers markets while on vacation.

  • The Olympia Farmer's Market (and a giveaway!) — Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes and family took a trip to their state capitol to experience a new market. See what they saw, and enter to win a book written about that very market.

  • On the Hunt . . . At the Farmer’s Market! — Exploring the farmers market by Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy writing at Natural Parents Network — with a scavenger hunt!

  • Exploring the Market ... Alphabet StyleThat Mama Gretchen is in the midst of creating a learning tool for her toddler and it's all about the market!

  • Unschooling at the Farmers Market — Megz at Aspen Mama loves building memories as a vendor at the Market.

  • Montessori-Inspired Vegetable Unit — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares links to Montessori-inspired vegetable printables and activities to help your family get the most out of a trip to the farmer’s market.

  • Markets — How sustainable mum has fitted a monthly farmers market into a weekly food shop.

  • The Farmers Market In Under An Hour ("Carl Style") — Andrea and family at Tales of Goodness adapt their farmers marketing approach to make everyone happy.

  • Tales Of a Troubled Gardener — Sam at Love Parenting writes about her dream of self-sufficiency and her lack of gardening skills!

  • A Few {Of The Many} Reasons Why I Love Our Farmer’s Market — Even though the experience can sometimes be less than peaceful, MomeeeZen shares why she enjoys taking her family to the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.

  • Experiencing the Farmer's Market from a Different Perspective — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM had a great time letting her toddler lead the way at the farmer's market...

  • Ask A Farmer's Daughter — Abbie at Farmer's Daughter answers questions about her life growing up on a small family farm in New England.

  • Giving Up the Grocery Store — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares her family's summertime challenge to eliminate trips to the grocery store and rely almost exclusively on local, farm-fresh foods.

  • Urban farming and fresh food in the city — Lauren at Hobo Mama takes trips to farms, gardens, and markets within reach of a big city.

  • Market Tip: Get to Know Your Farmers — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger finally gets up the guts to talk to her farmers and learns she is among ardent food lovers.

  • New Farmer's Market Find — Kellie at Our Mindful Life is excited to make a new find at her new farmers market.

  • "The Real World" Grassroots Edition — jessica at instead of institution takes some time out to write a love note.

  • 9 Insider Tips for Farmer's Market Newbies — Dionna at Code Name: Mama chatted with a few farmers to bring you some insider information on how to get the most out of your local farmer's market.

  • The Place Where I Can Say "Yes!" — Erica at ChildOrganics gives you a tour of her favorite vendors at her local farmers market and discusses the benefits of creating community through the market.

  • Raw Local Milk — Jorje shares her family's field trip to a local dairy. Learn what you can appreciate from a small town farm at Momma Jorje.com.

  • Italian Secret Vegetable Soup Recipe — Alinka at Baby Web convinces an Italian Farmer & Cook to reveal a precious minestrone recipe and shares it with her readers.

  • Where do our eggs come from? A visit to Sucellus Farms. — Carli at One Fit Mom takes her family to meet the chickens that have been providing their daily eggs.

  • Beyond the Farm — Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy and her family enjoy looking beyond the food at the local farmer's market to see the wares of the over vendors.

  • Magic at the Market — Do you ever take time to really look at the food you eat? Amy at Anktangle enjoys marveling at the beauty (and the utility) of the foods and goods available at the farmers' market.

  • Farmer's Market Discoveries — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen reminisces about the discoveries she's made at the Farmer's Market throughout the years.

  • Are You Getting the Most out of Your Farmers' Market? (My List of Not-So-Common "Musts") — Sheila at A Living Family shares some uncommon ways to squeeze even more joy and connection (and yumminess!) from your local farmers' market experience.

  • Pick Your Own And Eat It — Luschka from Diary of a First Child shares their trip to a PYO farm and the journey from picking to eating her favourite food


    1. What a cool statue! I love the little dangling feet and the relaxed look on the mama's face. I think you're right, she's definitely nursing. :)

    2. That statue is so pretty! What a great find - the statue and the market. And I've already put a hold on that book at our library, I can't wait to read it!

    3. What a gorgeous market! My kids would be jealous of those balloon animals - we don't have those at our farmer's market. :)

    4. Wow, now I need to go there, too! You've convinced me. I'd love to win that book, too. My favorite thing is how city slickers can get things like raw milk and cheese from local suppliers.

    5. Oh yes - this market sounds wonderful. And balloon animals are our most recent lure to the market. Makes the drive worthwhile. :) Thanks!