Farmers’ Market 06.04.11, Garden Update, Team in Training

Sometimes we drive through the Byrd Park area to get to the farmers’ market. Yesterday we saw this while making our weekly drive (soon-to-be bike ride).

How very crunchy.

How very Virginia.

I arrived at the market after 10:00 this Saturday, which is a little late for me. I blame the mojito marathon I participated in on Friday night. When you come into a pound of mint for $7.00, you have to find creative ways to use it. My solution involved limes, soda, and Bacardi select. And suddenly seven friends appeared at the door – funny how that works.

Kyle joined me at the market for the first time this year, and we had a great time chasing ibuprofen with iced coffee and bagels, running into some friends and coworkers, and selecting produce from our Victory Farms CSA share.

Here’s the loot!

Every time I bring the Italian to the market, we get twice as much pasta than I would have bought without Kyle’s influence.

  • Broccoli (CSA)
  • Cilantro (Pleitez Produce)
  • Chidori kale (CSA)
  • Kohlrabi (CSA)
  • Red potatoes (CSA)
  • Black pepper linguine (Bombolini Pasta)
  • Dill shells (Bombolini Pasta)
  • Summer squash (CSA)

Some of the spring produce is phasing out (strawberries) and we are seeing more of the summer produce coming in (squash). I love looking back on my farmers’ market posts over the last year to see when certain fruits and vegetables start popping up at the market. It is also cool to see what is in season in different parts of the country by reading other blogs and chatting with my friends in different states. I would love to showcase what’s growing around the country (and world?) in a compilation post.

Show me what’s up at your local market! If you would like to participate, please send photos to vegologyblog [at] gmail [dot] com to get featured!

And now for a patio garden update…

Gardenology Update

I took these photos on Saturday. It has been three weeks and I haven’t killed anything yet!

My first tomato!

Flowers on the jalapeno plant- no signs of peppers yet.

 

The herbs have had a rough start but they're hanging in there!

Baby cilantro - I think this is a good sign?

I just looked back at my initial gardenology post when I first potted the starter plants, and I can’t believe how much the tomato plant has grown! I’m crossing my fingers that it continues to thrive in the little nook of sunlight that it calls home.

Team in Training Event

In other news, my Dad is participating in his second century ride today. He is riding the 100-mile America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe with his Team in Training team. Dad started to be a serious cyclist last year at the age of 52 and rode in his first century ride last October. He rides for an amazing organization called Team in Training and he raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ranking as a top fundraiser for the state of Maryland in both the Seagull Century in October 2010 and the AMBBR in June 2011.

Dad did a warm up ride yesterday and posted this photo from the ride on his facebook page. Simply beautiful.

Credit: Nick McDonald

Dad has already started raising money for his third century which will take place in October of this year. He will complete the Seagull Century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in just four and a half months. I am beyond proud of him for his determination in both cycling and raising money for LLS, and I look forward to getting the news that he has safely crossed the finish line later today, and cheering him on in person later this year.

If you are interested in finding out more about Team in Training and LLS or you would like to make a donation, please visit Dad’s fundraising page.

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5 thoughts on “Farmers’ Market 06.04.11, Garden Update, Team in Training

  1. Found your blog on the Internet while looking for any kind of update for the Tahoe 100-mile Race. This is first time for our daughter and her husband from Wash.DC. Feel sure they will finish,but have no idea how long it takes to pedal 100 miles. Hoping you’ll post another comment when your Dad finishes. Then I’ll know when to call her.

    • Hi Pat! I got word from my Dad at 6:00 PM EST (3:00 PM local time in Tahoe) that he had just completed the Big Climb from miles 80-88. He started in the 6:00 PDST wave, so at 9 hours, he had 12 miles left. They had alternating sunshine and pouring rain the whole course, so it has been difficult. If your daughter started around the same time as my Dad, I bet you’ll hear from her at the finish line soon. I’ll post an update when I hear that Dad has finished. Thanks for reaching out!

    • Dad just finished in about 10 hours and 15 minutes including stops. He says he’s headed for a hot shower and a cold beer. Hope you get good news soon!

  2. I LOVE the South of the James Market! We should try to meet up there sometime. πŸ™‚

    PS – I met Kyle’s brother at Whole Foods last night!

    • Definitely! Let me know when you’re headed there. Don’t Kevin and Kyle look so similar? I bet you knew it was his brother right away!

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