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Is a Ranch Farmers Market Possible?

Hi I’m Mike We all have our honey do lists, sometimes its take out the trash sometimes its wash the car. And sometimes its the big one. Today Erin pulls out a marker, and hopefully we gain some points as she wants to have a farmers market, right here in the shop on the ranch, today. The last farmers market got called off in town, this is her redemption, on the project list on our wyoming life. Welcome back to our Wyoming life. Some weeks the project list takes a weird turn, sometimes its due to something breaking that needs fixed right away and sometimes its my own doing. Most of the time, I know what I have coming up and am able to plan for it and get it done. Today however is a bit different, this is a short notice project list and one that is pretty time dependent. If you are new here let me explain just a for a few seconds. The project list is the list on the board behind me here.

It’s a list of things that need done around here on the ranch and each Tuesday we pick something off the board and go for it. We walk through it and give you the how and the why we are doing it. Today we are straying from the norm, and I blame Erin. Not really, the whole ranch is a family affair and we said long ago that if we are going to do this we are going to have to work as a team. Today is a team effort. Last Saturday was supposed to be farmers market in town. Bad weather and other trade shows and the like it town caused Erin to cancel it. She decided that she didn’t want to be the only person there, and I don’t blame here. But like with most things, Erin cant just let it lie there. She feels a responsibility to her customers and she did already have a bunch of stuff picked and ready to go.

It has to go somewhere so in a spur of the moment decision, she decided to have a farmers market out here. Just us on the ranch, in the shop. Surprise surprise surprise. The shop is a disaster, we need to get it cleaned up and ready to go by 4 this afternoon. Erin is inside starting to make her baked goods for market and she will be out picking more vegetables later. Its now about 9 am, the animals have been fed, and now the clock is ticking. Heres how I hope today will go. I need to get the shop cleaned all out. Clean the floors a bit and get everything all nice and pretty to receive guests. We are going to have move the peacock back into the barn for a bit. Then hopefully Erin will be done baking and picking veggies, and be able to come down and help set up.

Someone will have to run into town about 3 and get girls from school, then come back and help finish up to be ready by 4. After getting all the big stuff that we can get out of the way, we can start with the small. All of the burnable trash, mostly cardboard will go to the incinerator where it will be burned. Everything else that needs to get put away is moved. Put away is a pretty strong term, lets just say restashed until later. Then its time to go and check in with Erin in the house and see where she sits. With a hope to be out picking veggies by noon we head back out to the shop.

Somethings are stashed in the sales barn, some stuff goes off to the kitchen in the shop. The big goal here is to get it out of the way and give the illusion of order. I’m good at that. Soon the shop is vacated of everything that doesn’t need to be in here, except for the peacock, he is taken back out to the barn for now and his new roost is moved out to the sales barn.

Out of site, out of mind. Floors are next up and its incredible to me how much dirt a shop floor can accumulate. I tend to sweep, then end up running a shop vac over hard to reach spaces and even Lincoln comes on out to lend a hand with the vacuum. Hearing protection included. Erin gives me a pass on scrubbing the floor, shes probably right, they wouldn’t be dry in time anyway and as noon comes and goes, she is still not out in the garden getting anything picked.

The clock keeps ticking and clean up continues and soon Erin is out and picking in the gardens. Harvesting lettuce during 40 degree weather. Kale, and salanova lettuce are both harvested. After harvesting, everything is put back to bed. Back to the shop, for washing and cleaning. Kale is bundled for sale and lettuce is packaged. By 3 its off to get kids and when I return Erin has tables set up and kids get to helping, sorting carrots into bins. Erin gets to pricing and by just a little after 4 we are ready to go. Signs are on the road to guide people in and if you build it, they will come.

And some do. This whole market at the ranch is a bit of experiment, will people drive the 20 minutes to come out, will they find it worthwhile. Customers can be fickle and I get it, time is money. But if we don’t try then we wont know. We decided to stay open for 4 hours, and there is a good amount of down time, its not the steady crowd that we deal with at summer market. But overall the day seems to be worth it. We often talk about exploring the ranch life and escaping the ordinary. More often than not, we escape our ordinary. Just like today, this was something that we have never done in quite this way. We had a summer market out here a few years ago, but this is first in November.

Was it worth it? I would like to think so. It was a good experiment, we didn’t get a lot of traffic, but those that did come, they spent money. They bought a lot of meat, so that’s a good thing. I ended up with a clean shop, although I still think I am going to have to clean the floors some more and Erin is happy. That’s all that matters, her customers that missed her last weekend were able to come out and get their shopping lists filled. We sold hams and roasts for thanksgiving and Christmas tables and that really makes it worth it. To be able to pass on our work to others to enjoy and actually be able to have the interaction with customers, for them, knowing exactly who they are buying their food from and for us, that personal connection. There’s nothing like it. Thanks for coming along today, it was a little hectic, a lot stressful but we got it done, and honestly I wasn’t sure we could pull it off.

This Thursday we are taking the day to spend with family so there will not be a full Thursday video from us, but we will be back on Sunday with our normal ranch video so we hope to see you then. Please hit that thumbs up and until I see you again, have a happy and safe thankgiving and thanks for joining us in our Wyoming life. .

Farmer’s Market Tips & $20 Haul! Come With Me! Mind Over Munch

Hey guys we are at the downtown Santa Monica farmers market and my grocery haul video a lot of you guys expressed interest in seeing a farmer’s market haul so I thought why not take it a step further, bring you to the market with me and I can give you some efficient shopping tips along the way. So my first tip of the day is to bring cash to the farmer’s market.

Not all of the vendors will accept cards but of course all of them will accept cash. It’s also gonna help you budget. So if you know you don’t want to spend more than $20 only bring $20. Bring it in cash. Make sure that you bring some smaller bills so that you don’t run into any issues with breaking down the big ones. Alright so the next tip relates to the time of day that you go. There are benefits to going early and going late. If you go earlier in the day you’re gonna have access to the freshest most beautiful produce. But if you go later in the day some of the vendors will offer discounts um because they don’t want to have to leave the market with the produce that they brought.

That being said, a lot of the vendors don’t really like to bargain so don’t go head-to-head with them and try and force them into a discount. Approach them politely see if they offer a discount and then take advantage of it. Another tip for saving money at the farmers market is to look for the produce that is slightly damaged or bruised. So the quality isn’t gonna be compromised but sometimes the vendors will offer discounts if there are bruises if it isn’t perfectly round or perfectly colored. It’s still gonna taste delicious. It just won’t look as pretty. So make a loop around the market before you buy anything. Kinda scope it out, see what’s catching your eye. A lot of times whatever you find at one stall, you’ll find a few stalls down a little bit cheaper So bring reusable bags with you to the farmers market. I have made this mistake before where I don’t bring any bags and I’m trying to cram it all into my purse and it is bad news.

A lot of these vendors will just give you a small bag that holds only the produce that you’re buying. Also you may want to bring a cooler too because there are also uh more perishable goods like fish and cheese and yogurt that you don’t want to leave out in the sun for too long. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. So if you don’t know what something is, if you don’t know how to cook it if you don’t know if it’s ripe, ask the vendors because they will know. Same goes if you want to know how something was grown.

Which brings me to my next tip: buying local can be organic or naturally grown without being certified. Some of the markets like this one do have to be certified but some of the smaller markets where you live may not and a lot of those vendors just can’t afford the expensive certifications but it doesn’t mean that they don’t follow the organic are naturally grown procedures. So definitely ask them. Talk to them about their practices. Ask them if they spray. Ask what they spray. Um ask what they feed their cows. Ask if they grow the food that they sell. Buy seasonally, it’s gonna be way more affordable and way more delicious. Make sure you do your research before you go so that you know what’s in season right now. Taste test. So this is going to vary by market. When we lived in New York City they were a little more stingy about taste testing the food. But here in LA they seem to encourage it. So if they have a taste test out, taste it. If they don’t you can always ask. But I know when I taste the food it really encourages me to purchase it because I know I’m not gonna be disappointed in my purchase if I like the taste.

Try something new. Every single time I go to the farmer’s market I try to get one new thing that I haven’t tried before. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s mediocre but it does make the healthy lifestyle a little bit more fun and gives me something to look forward to. And so kinda a “Bonus Tip” today is to remember to use your health brain. Uh it’s really easy when we come to the farmer’s market to just assume that everything is healthy and of course the fresh fruits and vegetables are but you’ll also see vendors for you know cookies and donuts and all of this other great stuff that still has refined sugar.

Even if it’s vegan cookies or organic cookies or donuts or whatever it is. Uh those still have to be consumed on occasion. So just keep that in mind. So I have my $20 and I want to take you with me to see what I can get today. So here is the final haul. We spent uh the entire $20. We manged to get some peaches, pimento peppers, which these are uh the food that I got that I’ve never tried before. Um I asked the vendor, he says that they are the best raw. Um you just cut them up, put them in salad, they’re really sweet and delicious. So I’m really stoked to try those. He showed me how to pick out the ones that were the most ripe. Um it’s by color not feel so that was interesting. I’ve got some green zebra tomatoes These I tasted um at the vendor stand and they’re so tangy and delicious. Um these were some tomatoes that I got in the damaged section. So it was called the second choice um or something like that and they look pretty perfect. I mean the bruising, it’s like really minimal um so that was a really good deal.

Some sugar snap peas. Uh this was really cheap. It was only $1.50 for half a pound so if you ever buy them at the grocery store you know they’re much more than that. I bought some sprouts. Usually I buy Alfalfa sprouts at the store um but they had broccoli sprouts and they said they’re much tastier, more nutritious, lots of cancer-fighting properties. So I figured I’d try them out. Um I’ve got some grapes. These are so firm and delicious. I hate when a grape is too squishy. These are sooo good. Um I tasted almost everything that I got.

A watermelon. That was only like $2.50. Um it’s fresh and my splurge of the day was these honey dates. Now the first time I came to the Santa Monica farmer’s market and got these I was like dying. They’re so sweet and delicious and $5 um it’s my most expensive purchase of the day but if you went and bought these at the store they would be wayyyyy more. So this is really a bangin’ deal. So this entire haul ended up costing $20.25. We did go a quarter over in the budget but we managed to find a quarter in our pockets. So thank you guys so much for watching.

I hope that you gys found these tips useful and I hope that your feeling inspired to go to your own local farmer’s market. If you did enjoy this video, don’t forget that give it up thumbs up and comment below and let me know what is your favorite thing to shop for at the farmer’s market. I wanna know. I’ll see you next time and until then tell them remember it’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch. .

Zero Waste: Farmers Market Haul

I have my canvas bag with all my little goodies in there, so I’m gonna see if I can vlog today by myself, without looking like a crazy person. All right. I have made it to the farmers market. It’s about noon, which is not an ideal time to go to the farmers market but I have a thirty dollar budget and I know exactly where I’m going. These are the pasta people. There’s some more veggies here. zucchini for 50 cents! I’m looking for the eggs people who have double yolked eggs It’s like an older couple. I’m back from the farmers market so I’m gonna share a little bit of my farmers market haul with you. I have my egg carton which is reusable. These particular eggs are double yolked eggs. There’s a specific seller who always sells them.

The first time I ever had them I thought they were so delicious. A little bit creepy when you think about how they guarantee that you get double yolked eggs but oh well. I really like eggs, so double yolk eggs are here. They’re jumbo and this container came from Home Goods so I just try to use it whenever I go to the farmers market. There’s a seller there who sells three produce items for $5, so I’ve got $10 worth of fruit and vegetables from them. Part of that was bananas and best thing about that is that there’s no packaging involved. I got these sweet plums that they have. About four of them here. Loose white mushrooms. Love cherry tomatoes– have a bunch of them here. Bigger canvas bag. Really oddly shaped sweet potatoes. About four of them. I had enough money left to buy some kale. The three for five stall was in one spot. Pretty much the same spot that they have every Saturday, so I knew where to find them.

But they have different farm stalls. I went to three out of four. I was kind of trying to catch my bus. I was able to do the shopping pretty quickly, but maybe I was there for about 25-30 minutes. I was trying to get as much done as I needed to. I went in with $35 and I came in way under so with all the stuff that I got, I bought $15 worth of groceries. I have $20 left to spare. Every month I put out my budget and I do it on something called “Every Dollar”— it’s Dave Ramsey’s app. If you have not used it in your budgeting, it is a perfect app to use. I like it because if I go under or over in any of my categories and I can just kind of shift amounts over in my budget. Now that I’m $20 under in my grocery bill, those twenty dollars can go somewhere else.

I now have some spare money for something else. Thanks for coming along with me to the farmers market. I hope you are able to check out any farmers markets in your neighborhood. I love the people aspect of farmers markets. I really encourage it. It’s a great way to shop locally. Thanks for watching. Bye everybody .

SNAP, Food Stamp Recipients Can Shop Farmers Markets Through Fresh Access Program

The program called fresh access gives snap and food stamp recipients a way to shop at local farmers markets Rick Dayton explains have a program which is set up through a Pittsburgh organization called just harvest makes it easy to get more for less it’s new at 4:00 a Pittsburgh tradition is back and fresher than ever there’s nothing else they can compare to it you know fresh vegetables and flowers re pre shopped the farmers market at Market Square opened at 10:00 a.m. it will be in town every Thursday until the end of October the best nutrition best flavor best quality when you get it right from the farm you’re supporting small businesses your community and the product can be needed that’s because it goes from the garden or the orchard and straight into your hands we try to reach out to all different communities so we want to make sure that each community has access to fresh grown produce now on our farm we try to pick and sell everything within 24 hours when you fall in love with a farmers market it’s kind of hard to break the habit it’s just a passion I have in life and when I got involved with just harvest several years ago the fresh access program was expanding to the other markets so many people know about the farmers market 14th year that it’s been in downtown Pittsburgh but it’s more than just fruits and vegetables you can buy flowers you can buy plants but also now with food stamps and EBT cards for five dollars worth of fruits and vegetables you end up getting an extra two by using your card for people who have EBT cards for every five dollars that they put on their EBT card they are eligible to get a coupon for two dollars free which can only be used on fresh produce which means more wholesome goodness for less money Rick dick kdka-tv news