Mr. Nina and I visited the local Wednesday Farmer's Market this afternoon. It was opening day, the sun was out, not too hot, the ocean breeze was kicking in offering a refreshing coolness, which was a nice change from the 80 plus degree weather we have been having this week. While Mr. N was just there to check things out and tag along with me, I was there to get some veggie and herb starts. I came away with some peas, swiss chard, parsley, chives and the most yummy delightful herb "lemon thyme". Oh my god--the smell--I couldn't resist! The vendor only had to rub some on his fingers and let me smell and I was hooked.
I'm an easy sell sometimes, especially when it comes to anything edible.
We also bought a pint of fresh organic strawberries and a bunch of red leaf spinach. We discussed whether to spend $4 on kettle corn. We ended up saying "no" to this wonderful sweetness. Now it's after 10pm and my munchie button has kicked in and I'm wishing we had bought a bag.
After we strolled around a bit, spoke with some of the vendors, gave attention to some of the dogs that were there with their owners, we decided to head on home. On the way, we picked up some planting mix, topsoil, compost and organic granular fertilizer. Once home, I got busy mixing the soils, planting, arranging...and soon realized I need to start doing my yoga ball routine again. Why? Aching back. This time last year I was already in a routine of 4-5 days of doing the ball. When it came time for me to do some gardening, after an hour or so I noticed something: my back didn't ache. At all. Today? Within 15 minutes I was making noise as I sat down and got up, pausing to stretch.
Ok likely this is a boring post to most so I'll wrap it up while maintaining the illusion that this information is worthwhile reading to others besides myself. : ) Next to buy are beans, tomatoes, spinach and a couple more herbs.