Getting Out

May 5, 2011

Do you ever have those wake up moments where something that you should have thought about so much sooner suddenly comes flying into your brain with an almost panic sense about itself?

Yesterday I realized that my garden was not only not planted, but that I had not set foot out into it since my husband did our fall clean up in October. I think that somehow time has stood still  these past ten weeks, and I still feel like we are coming out of winter, rather than fully ensconced in Spring.
Having your seven year old approach you with his garden plan is just a small hint that perhaps you should get up off your lazy tush and begin to engage in the things that keep your household running; like fresh food in the summertime. So off we plodded, out to the side yard, compost in tow, to begin the process of turning the dirt and getting ready to plant. 
Tears almost flooded as I looked across the way at my neighbors beautiful garden patch, already full with lettuces, kale, chard and the like. I scolded myself for my lack of enthusiasm these past months, knowing full well that our growing season for greens will be mighty short this year. 
So what do you do when gardening depression sets it? Head to the Farmers Market. 

There is nothing like the Boulder Farmers Market. I say this cautiously, since it has in fact been ten years since I have visited any other farmers markets with regularity, but it seriously is a joy for the Rocky Mountain region. Those first few weeks of the market are filled with such small bursts of colors: red radishes, the emeralds of mescalin, arugula and pea shoots, the browns of fresh baked bread and mushrooms, and those first flowers of the growing season. 
Bernadette was in town for Rhythm of The Home (how is it that I did not take any pictures???), and our final stop in seeing her was the first Wednesday that the market opened. Live music, tons of food (the gluten free selection of foods at the market makes my heart swell), and perfect weather made for a great evening. It was also a real treat to meet a fellow blogger and her family. Kellen of Enchanted Mama and her four sweet kiddos were sitting next to us when we sat down to eat. I am sure that many of you have experienced this, but it is really cool to connect to another mama blogger in person. Somehow the whole process becomes so much more personal, and there is a renewed sense of joy in the community that this virtual world creates. 
As is always the case, the market season brings a small bit of happiness to my sewing machine with the family market bag. Every year we make a new bag to take with us, and while it is a small project, it is a lot of fun to fill the bag with all of the season’s bounty (and by bounty, I mean gluten free key lime pie that calls my name rather incessantly). 
This year was an upcycled bag kind of year, as three worn place mats were used. When I say simple, I mean simple. To make the bag, just match two place mats together, and using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the sides and bottom together. Using the third place mat, cut 4″ strips to create the handle, and attach from the inside of the bag. I used super sturdy place mats, and our entire day of produce filled the bag perfectly. 
Landon seemed rather intrigued by the spectacle of so many people, dogs and food all in one place, and it was fun to have this be one of our first outings. As has been the case for the past ten weeks, Landon’s hat (made by the incredible Julia), got more attention than the child himself. Sometimes it is a bit disconcerting when so many people come up to you and say, “Oh my goodness, what an adorable…….. hat!”. I always figure that they are going to say kid, but nope, it is the hat every time. 
There is something special about a day at the market, and today was no exception. I personally thought that the produce was the highlight, but for the kiddos it was the balloon man on the corner making blow up Daschunds that stole the show.
Hey, to each his own. 

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

sherene May 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Such a beautiful day! Every single bit of it!

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Lee May 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Oh my goodness! I think new mamas should get the first three months with no other responsibilities. You have been taking care of Landon and his brothers plus all the other things that go with family life. It is OK if your garden is a little late this year. :)

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Anna May 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I agree with Lee. Your garden may not get the attention you might normally give it, but that is completely ok, you have an adorable newborn to take care of in addition to your two sweet boys, husband and yourself. And with a farmers' market like that, I think you will survive quite nicely!

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Meryl May 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Eh, we got our salad greens in pretty early, and they're still growing too slowly. But that is an adorable kiddo…and hat! 😉

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soili May 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

No garden here either :( Thanks for the idea, I'll run to the farmers market and pretend to check on my vegetables… cute hat but would be nothing without the cute kid wearing it!

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T. Knight May 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

The 'original' balloon man is cool but I have to say the other copy cats around town annoy me! I am a new local reader who stumbled upon and love your little space. And the baby is pretty darn cute too! And no worries on the garden mine only has tomatoes this year and I think that is how its gonna stay while hubby does some out side rearranging and I bake this baby all summer. Its a bummer b/c its been a great spring for gardeners in CO this year, if only I could get some energy back. Until then I have a great excuse to go to the market to shop and get some tofu salad. Yummm.

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anushka May 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

well i was going to say as soon as i scrolled through your pictures that landon is so adorable and i love how the two of you match and he's a cute camouflaged extension of you in all your turquoise tops! he's so cute and you are too! you all look so much alike. i'm sorry about your garden slump, but you were growing a baby after all. don't be too hard on yourself!

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natalie t. May 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Fun outing! I too got to meet a fellow blogger-mom recently, at my very own neighbors house! What are the chances? :) Make no mistake, the baby is by far cuter than the hat and that is really, REALLY cute. Have a great day!

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a little crafty nest May 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Oh Mama, be kind to yourself!!! You just had a baby not that long ago and now you have three little ones…so, do not ever compare yourself to your neighbour's! That said, what a wonderful outing you took. I also love farmer's markets but we live so far from town and around here, everything is a farm! Much happiness to you this spring!
xo Jules

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adkmama May 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I want to go to the market with you! Hell, I want to just go anywhere with you.
I can not believe that that hat still fits him! You make the most adorable babies and boys EVER.
You look gorgeous by the way.

LOVE you.
Julia

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Tracey May 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I have to agree with Lee…so you have a big garden Next year. This year you had Landon and that was and should be your focus. See, you grew a baby instead of lettuce…so much better don't you think?! Now you have a wonderful excuse to what looks and sounds like a great farmer's market. Give yourself a break, you are beautiful!

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Lisa Q May 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

blow up daschunds, knitted hats….I'd have gone for those sweet cheeks on your babe! what a darling he is…he only accentuates the hat so much that people can't help but notice it. So glad you had a fun day out.

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Kelly May 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm

he is adorable! I mean seriously, that face. the hat isn't bad either….

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Tonya May 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Farmers Markets are so wonderful. And my goodness Landon is just soooo cute!

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Angela May 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Love the shot of you and Landon! That market looks tasty. We just now planted tomato seeds in containers and our greens and lettuces are still in the seed packets. Youch! I totally understand. Be kind to yourself! I love how you dealt with garden depression too!

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Nina May 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I wish we had more farmers markets here then we do – gosh that bread looks lovely.

But we are up on the growing side and fingers crossed fresh strawberries in a few weeks or so…..ok – maybe more like June, but I can see them all flowering and even some teeny tiny green (promising) buds.

Good luck with your garden,

Nina x

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Melanie May 6, 2011 at 1:21 am

I don't know, Mama and Baby are pretty darned cute. The hat just brings more attention to you both!

I think you earned an entire year of Farmer's Market… but I do understand the joys of a full garden in your backyard. My Sunny Son and I have been at it for a few weeks now with our greens, but I am worried about the end of the season, as I am due with my next babe in August! I may have to sacrifice my canning activities as our New England season closes. BUT the time with the baby will be worth it.

Be kind to yourself! You are beautiful and I can only imagine how LOVED those boys must feel…

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Mady May 6, 2011 at 2:58 am

How can you beat yourself up over not having started your garden? Heavens, you've been growing a baby! And nurturing a family!

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lacey May 6, 2011 at 2:51 am

oh. gardens are on the back burner for sure, when there's a baby in the line up! never fear, the season is FAR from over. that hat is adorable, but it only helps set the scene of adorability 😉

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stitchandpurl May 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Oh yes, Landon is just at least as cute as the hat – and your garden will be what it will be. It looks as if you have some very enthusiastic helpers there!
Have a lovely weekend,
Svenna

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Liene May 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

i just want to squeeze those chubby baby cheeks. too cute. the baby is what makes the hat adorable. we also get a lot of 'nice hat' comments when my kiddos are wearing gnome hats.
there is always the next year for a bigger and better garden.
in joy!

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erin May 7, 2011 at 8:50 am

oh heather! the part about the hat really gave me a chuckle!! and the place mat market bag idea….LOVE it.

happy mother's day to you, beautiful one!

~erin

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earthycrunchy May 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Every farmer's market needs a balloon guy right?! Hugs, Kyndale

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Jenna May 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Well, I was going to comment on that hat, too. Buuut, the kid is pretty stinkin' cute! I love how the hat and your baby wrap are coordinated : )

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Adrie May 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Hooray for getting the garden going, but definitely, go easy on yourself super-mama! Haha, oh, the danger of cute hats. Langdon is definitely waaay cuter!
Oh, and I hope dad is feeling better! Happy Mother's Day!

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agambroult May 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

ah! Heather this is SUCH a great post! first, that picture of you and Landon is perfect and adorable and all around awesome. And seeing Bernadette again? And meeting Kellen and her kids. It is ALL good. I had the pleasure of meeting a bloggy friend in the flesh this past weekend at an art market we both participated in. It was so great to discover so much more about her than her blog gives away!

my garden is a bit behind, too, and I don't have a newborn as an excuse. if only I had a balloon guy to entertain the kids while I catch up.

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emmalina73 May 11, 2011 at 2:29 am

What an adorable little baby boy! Just remember farmers would be out of business if no one bought from them. Perhaps your garden can be more of a whimsy this year, while the farmer's market gives you the bulk of your produce. Your local producers will be grateful for your business! And for the record, lazy you are not xxx

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Melinda Taylor Kelly May 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I know that my garden is also coming in very late this year. In New Orleans, I could have started the garden in early March, but here, in Tacoma, the weather has been staying very cold. I do have lettace, argula, and mesclun started, but that is it! I am really hoping for an indian summer!
I love the picture of you with Landon, he is adorable, and so is the hate, but to be honest I would have noticed the baby first! I am having a huge "I want a little one moment" in my life right now!
As ever, thank you for sharing!

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earth mama 101 May 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Are those loaves of Udi bread gluten free?! You are so lucky to have that bakery close by. We love their products, especially their blueberry muffins. Yummmmm. Happy venturing out. You look so beautiful with your cutie Landon wrapped up with you. I can't believe my baby will be 2 1/2 soon…crazy!

:)Lisa

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angie May 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

That picture of you and the babe is to die for! perfect!

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