In April, I tackled the topic of How to Shop for Good Produce. It’s something we all do everyday, and yet, there’s a bit of an art to buying and storing great produce. This week we’re tackling the large topic of How to Shop the Farmers Market. This is a daunting post for me to write. I’ve been shopping the farmers market since I moved away from home, 9 years ago, and it still makes me nervous. The market is full of the unfamiliar. I’m leaving you with a couple tips that help me navigate the market, followed by two interviews with the experts—the farmers. I hope you add your tips to the conversation too!

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If you had told me that dinnertime would be one of the harder tasks to accomplish as a parent, I never would have believed you. Maybe it was because I was more worried about the lack of sleep. I am a monster at 2 am. But for years, literally four years, I’ve been clawing my way through dinnertime as a mother. I’m not a planner. In fact, planning makes me feel like I’ve lost all spontaneity in my life. And when you’re not all that spontaneous to begin with, it’s a huge loss.  Read more

When it rains, it pours. Sometimes hard enough to make the window well in your basement swell to the point of flooding. Sometimes so hard it requires all the towels in the house. Only then do you reach for a roll of Bounty, the quicker picker upper, because that’s all that’s left. Sometimes it storms so loud, the electricity shudders, administering a final blow to the ancient hard drive in your computer. Sometimes the farmers market gets rained out, and the farmers call their weeks worth of produce, of income, a wash. Read more

When we were building our house a couple years ago, I asked you 1,000 questions on Facebook. Like: do you have a microwave? What type of doors do you prefer on your fridge? French? Side-by-side? And on and on. And since I was asking for your trusted advice, I started sharing some of mine. One of those shares was about a ceramic GreenPan I picked up at Target—an affordable, nonstick pan that actually worked. (By the way, we didn’t go with a microwave. I’ll do a full kitchen post soon.) Read more

We live a plane ride away from family, but this year my mother-in-law was visiting around Mother’s Day. I’m not known for giving the best gifts. So rather than fretting over it, I decided focus on something I am good at—hosting brunch. I roped Kev into helping. We decked the dining room with simple flowers that can be purchased from Trader Joe’s, served craft beers (his addition) and a Simple Citrus Shandy cocktail (my addition), passed around small bites for the meal, and wrote Mom Libs. Read more

I should know by now that the word never never holds up. After turning in my last paper in college, I swore I’d never write another. In college, I also swore I’d never dabble in web design or take pictures with a heavy camera, especially one set on manual mode. Over lunch with a freelance designer early in my design career, I swore I’d never work for myself because taxes and accounting. And then, as so many of my friends began to publish cookbooks, I swore I’d never write one myself. A couple years into swearing that, I added the caveat, unless one pours out of me. Read more

Shopping for good produce can be surprisingly difficult. Despite cooking at home multiple times a day, I’ve thrown a lot of produce away in my adult years. And every time, it makes me ill. I hate to waste food and money. I’m sure you do too. But I’ve learned a couple things about buying good produce in my adult years too. I’m partnering with Sub-Zero on the Fresh Food Matters initiative again this year. Today we’re zooming out from a recipe to focus on this very topic: How to Buy Good Produce. I’d love for you to add your tips in the comments too! Read more