SoDu Farmer’s Market

SoDu Farmer's Market

This year, since I’m not growing as much food as I normally would in our garden, I’ve been trying out different farmer’s markets in the area. Can I just say, I love farmer’s markets?! Let me count the ways!

  1. Supporting local growers and producers keeps resources here and promotes the local economy.
  2. By supporting local, I can also avoid shipping costs and reduce my carbon footprint.
  3. Avoiding excess packaging is better for the earth. I can bring my own bag to the market and buy loose veggies and fruits instead of items wrapped in plastic wrap. Less trash is a win in my book!
  4. I can choose to support organic and sustainable farmers who are committed to preserving the land and local ecosystems. Plus I don’t have to worry about anything sprayed on my food.
  5. I can meet the people who grow my food and hear their stories, get great ideas for recipes, get gardening tips, and learn about other community resources (places that do U-pick, local artisans, etc).
  6. I get to try varieties I can’t find in the grocery store.
  7. This is helping me meet one of my annual goals!

This week, I checked out a small farmer’s market that was new to me – the South Durham (or SoDu) Farmer’s Market. I must be living under a rock, because I just found out about this market and it’s just up the road from us! 

This market is a hidden gem! I love that it’s a small market, parking is easy peasey, and it still has everything I could possible need – baked goods, seafood, handmade soaps, ciders, cheeses, meats, and produce. They even have a homemade pasta vendor! It’s held in a parking lot that also contains a DMV license plate office, which I ironically had to visit just a few weeks ago. Let’s just say, I’d much rather be shopping than waiting in line at the DMV.

 

Is it just me or do you ever feel intimidated by farmer’s markets? I frequently get flustered and overwhelmed by all the variety and abundance around me and often just end up purchasing whatever catches my eye. Usually, that means I come home with whatever vegetables or fruits are front and center in the displays.

What I really enjoyed about this farmer’s market was that many of the vendors had chalkboards out front with a list of their offerings. That gave me a better idea of what was for sale and lessened the pressure/feeling guilted into buying something just because I approached a booth. This week, I challenged myself to get something other than fruits and vegetables, so here’s what I got. I was super pleased!

 

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms from Haw River Mushrooms

Lions Mane Mushroom

Lions Mane Mushroom (picture from https://ramblecreekfarm.com/store/product/lions-mane-mushroom-fresh)

I know what you’re thinking… that mushroom looks alien. That’s what I thought, too! At the suggestion of their super friendly employee, Fran, I tried these because she said they taste like crab meat. Jonah is a huge crab cake fan but hates mushrooms, so I did the ol’ switcheroo to see if he could tell the difference. Guess what? He couldn’t! I used this recipe from Aubrey’s Kitchen and they turned out great! Also, I had a lovely conversation with Fran about her time living in Washington state and found out that we have a mutual love of Mt. Ranier National Park.

Chopped Lion's Mane Mushroom

Chopped up it doesn’t look so bad, does it?

 

Peaches fromKen Chappell’s Peaches and Apples

Hallelujer! Fresh peach season is here. There’s really no point in eating peaches out of season. These are so delicious and perfectly ripe right now.

Hallelujer Madea

Peaches

 

“Field of Creams” Goat Cheese fromProdigal Farm

I love the mission of this local goat dairy. They really treat their animals well. They have a punchcard program for $10 of free cheese once you get 10 punches (one punch for every $10 spent). For this dairy lover, that’s a pretty great deal. Plus, I give them extra points for creativity in naming their cheeses!

"Field of Creams" Goat Cheese from Prodigal Farm

“Field of Creams” Goat Cheese from Prodigal Farm

Field of Dreams Meme - if you build it the memes will come.

 

Pastries fromNinth Street Bakery

Ummm, I didn’t get pictures of these because Jonah, the kids, and I demolished them! We really enjoy this great, local bakery. This time, we got two cinnamon rolls, a morning bun, and a bear claw. YUM! Here’s a drool-worthy picture of them from their website. 

Cinnamon Rolls from Ninth Street Bakery

Cinnamon Rolls from Ninth Street Bakery

I really enjoyed my visit to the SoDu Farmer’s Market and plan to go back soon to get some seafood, eggs, and meat! Do you have a recommendation of other farmer’s markets I should try? Drop it below in the comments so I can visit and report back.

SoDu Farmer's Market

SoDu Farmer’s Market is located at Greenwood Commons Shopping Center: 5410 NC-55, Durham, NC 27713. Open 8am-12pm every Saturday, year round.

 

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2021 Goal Check-In

Because I’m a task- and goal-driven sort of person, I like to check in on my goals a few times a year. Quarterly-ish seems about right for me, so I’m a little overdue for a check-in. I thought I’d share with you all how I’m doing so far this year, in the hopes that being transparent (and accountable) will help me get back on track! 

For the items below, green text means I’m on track, while items in purple need some work.

My Goals

Theme Verse: Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I haven’t fully memorized this, which is sad since it’s not even a long verse. I’m going to make it my phone background for a little bit and see if it helps me memorize it. You can, too! Just save the image below:

Philippians 4:8

 

Personal Goals

  • Read 2 books/mo (24 total)
    • I’ve read 13 so far!
  • Write in my prayer journal & mom journal daily
    • More or less, I’m doing this. If I forget, I go back and fill in.
  • Phone free mornings & one offline day each week
    • Doing HORRIBLY at this. I need some accountability/ideas on how to curb my phone use, so if you have any suggestions of things that have worked for you, please let me know in the comments below!
  • Have daily one-on-one quiet time with God during kids’ nap time or after their bed time
    • I’ve been doing daily readings from She Reads Truth and have really enjoyed it! The great part is they have built in catch up and rest days on Saturdays and Sundays, so it’s not too overwhelming.
  • Eat less meat by choosing 1 main meat/week
    • I could be doing better about this. It usually ends up being 2 meats per week. Send me some links to your favorite vegetarian recipes in the comments below.
  • Be fully present at meals – no cell phone distractions or leaving the table
    • Again, doing HORRIBLY at this. I did make one change that has helped with my bad habit of getting up from the table during the meal, and that’s having a pitcher of water in the dining room for meals. Usually my getting up stems from being thirsty (I’m a camel when it comes to drinking water). I could still improve on getting up to put away plates, etc.

Family Goals

  • Read a parenting book together with Jonah
    • Haven’t even purchased the book yet. I guess this is my nudge to just go ahead and buy it already! This is the book:

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  • Visit 5 more state parks as a familyHa Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
  • Visit the farmers market 1x/mo after vaccinated for COVID
    • Fully vaccinated now, but haven’t made it to the market yet.

Financial Goals

  • Open college accts for baby #2
    • Baby is almost here! Will be on my list of things to do in the next few weeks after she’s born.
  • Save towards next home down payment & set up auto-drafts to savings 
    • I’ve set up the automation! Why did it take me so long to automate this stuff? I should have been doing this for years.

Sooooo it looks like I have some work to do! If you have suggestions or comments, leave them below! How are you doing with your goals so far? Any pro tips? I’d love to hear from you!

Coming up:

Wednesday: Garden Update – The Bolt & The Beautiful

Next Sunday: The Importance of Rest

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How to Achieve Your Goals This Year + My 2021 Goals

Don’t you just hate New Year’s Resolutions? It seems like they never work out! We sink tons of money into exercise equipment in January, thinking we’re on our way to being marathon runners. By February, we’re back to this:

Mean Girls Meme - Stop trying to make New Years Resolutions happen. It's not going to happen.
I hate resolutions, but let me tell you, I LOVE GOALS. Come late December, I get so excited to make my yearly goals. One of my former coworkers shared the joy of goal-making with me by telling me about a tradition she and her husband have had since they started dating. Every year on New Year’s they go out for a fancy dinner to review how they did on their previous years’ goals and set new ones for the coming year. I loved this idea so much that Jonah and I decided to adopt this tradition ourselves. 

Now every New Years, we treat ourselves to dinner at our favorite restaurant and do our goal review. I’ve had a lot of success with keeping my goals, over the past five years. Jonah, on the other hand, has had “read more” on his list for the past five years, without success, so this year he finally took it off his list. Anyway, here’s how I don’t fizzle out on my goals come February:

    1. I pray about them a lot before I commit to them. You might ask yourself, what does God think about my goals? Do they honor Him? What’s my motivation?
    2. I make them SMART or SMARTish (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based). 
    3. I write them down. This is the #1 thing you can do to achieve your goals.
    4. I speak my goals out loud to friends and family. This gives me built-in accountability. I HATE to disappoint other people or go back on my word, so telling others my goals keeps me on the hook.

So, why make goals at all? 

As it turns out, it’s Biblical! I’ve been reading in Proverbs lately, and Proverbs has some great things to say on the subject:

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law. (Proverbs 29:18)

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

There are also some warnings about how we go about setting our goals, namely that we should seek God’s will as we’re deciding on what goals to make:

Psalm 127:1: Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vainSave this as your phone wallpaper this week as a reminder to commit your goals to the Lord.

 

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. (Psalm 33:11)

 

With that said, I hope you’ll take some time today to revisit any goals you set back in January and maybe make some modifications or recommit to your plans, asking God for His direction. 

And since writing down goals and telling others is a great way to make them happen, here are mine. Hold me accountable!

 

My 2021 Goals:

Theme Verse: Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Personal Goals

            • Read 2 books/mo (24 total)
            • Write in my prayer journal & mom journal daily
            • Phone free mornings & one offline day each week
            • Have daily one-on-one quiet time with God during kids’ nap time or after their bed time
            • Eat less meat by choosing 1 main meat/week
            • Be fully present at meals – no cell phone distractions or leaving the table

Family Goals

            • Read a parenting book together with Jonah
            • Visit 5 more state parks as a family
            • Visit the farmers market 1x/mo once vaccinated for COVID-19

Financial Goals

            • Open college accounts for baby #2
            • Save towards next home down payment & set up auto-drafts to savings

What are your goals for 2021? What have been the most challenging goals for you to keep over the years? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Coming up:

Wednesday: Step-by-Step Planting Preparation Guide

Next Sunday: Kingdom First

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