Benefits of The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

What makes the farmers market such a special place is that you’re actually creating community around food. –  Byrant Terry

What makes the farmers market such a special place is that you’re actually creating community around food.

Farmer’s Market Downtown Ellensburg

Today was my first full day of vacation. I have been excited about getting away and taking a vacation with Tim for months. This summer has been a busy one, filled with planting, harvesting and putting away produce from the garden. 

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

Hot Baguette’s fresh from the oven.

In addition to all the work in the garden and house I have been going full tilt on the blog, creating recipes in the kitchen and working on my photography. I’m sure you get the picture. A vacation from the hustle and bustle visiting family and friends was just what the doctor ordered.

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

A little local color.

So what did I do on my first full day of vacation? Headed to the Farmer’s Market of course!

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

Beautiful specimens. Juicy and delicious.

It seems I am unable to stay away from food in one form or another. Today’s post is all about the Farmer’s Market: Food for the soul.

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

Apricots in baskets.

The Farmers Market offers a little something for everyone, builds community and is a special destination all in itself. 

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

Brilliant Hues of Hand Spun Yarn.

It’s a great opportunity to shop local and explore some of the local farmers in your own backyard. Farmers Markets are seasonal.  Usually beginning in late spring and ending with the last vestiges of summer.

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

You never know what’s right around the corner.

Entertainment is always right around the next bend, making it a great place to take the whole family.

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

Candles made with Beeswax

The market can also be a great place to pick up unusual and beautifully crafted gifts while supporting local businesses within the community. Farmer’s Daughter Handmade Farmhouse Gifts peddling her wares.

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

Goats for sale. I see goat cheese and homemade soap in my future.

While fruits and vegetables are some of the main items sold at the Farmers Market. Some have opportunities for purchasing farm animals as well.  Wheels are turning for goats milk soap and cheese. 

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul

Tomatoes the way they should be, not perfect but wholly beautiful.

You won’t find perfect specimens at the Farmers Market like you would in your local grocery store, but you will find fresh tasting, whole food without added chemicals,pesticides and GMO’s. That makes them about perfect to my way of thinking.

The Farmers Market: Food For the Soul Don’t miss out. Make a plan to visit the local Farmer’s Market in your area before they close up shop for the season.

See Farmers Markets: Perspectives from Nourish to read more on the Farmers Market and its vital importance for our communities.

Benefits of the Farmers Market share with:

*Our Simple Life: Happiness is Homemade * Create with Joy: Inspire Me Monday * Creative K Kids: Bloggers Brags *It’s a Ginger Snap: Motivate Me Monday * Plucky’s Second Thoughts *Yesterfood: Treasure Box Tuesday *Craving Some Creativity: Turn It Up Tuesday *Cupcakes and Crinoline: Project Inspired *Lou Lou Girls *Mandy’s Recipe Box: Totally Talented Tuesday’s *Crafty Spices: Wordless Wednesday *Our Table For Seven: Share Your Stuff *Ducks’n a Row:Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop *Smart School House: Whimsy Wednesday *Little Family Adventure: Let’s Get Real *O Taste and See:Family Fun Friday *Imperfectly Happy: Green Thumb Thursday *Lemoine Family Kitchen: The Wednesday Roundup *A Dish of Daily Life: Foodie Friday’s *Sadie Seasongoods: Snickerdoodle Sunday *It’s Your Life: Real Food Fridays

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Happy Blogiversary To Me: My Writing Process

Happy Blogiversary to me: My Writing Process

“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” 
― Red Haircrow

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY TO ME

I love the month of August. In Boise, the heat of the whole year seems to intensify into this one month. A blazing hot inferno where temperatures soar, humidity rises and the air crackles like a powder keg just waiting to go off. The heat is not the reason why I enjoy August, the pleasure lies in knowing what comes next. The anticipation of cool nights, crisp air and the changing of the leaves from greens, to hues of gold and jeweled rubies is what excites me. I can’t stop smiling. I know that fall is surely on it’s way as soon as summer has had its say. 

I have a new reason to love August. This month marks the one year anniversary of Pure Grace Farms. During this past year connections have went from names to faces and from people to friends. I’m grateful for what God has been doing in me and through me in this small little space. I want to make this month a celebration for all that I’m thankful for.

I was asked several weeks back to participate in a question and answer session about why I do what I do. So today there will be no recipes, musings, or stories about camping. I have the privilege of sharing a little of myself with you. 

Happy Blogiversary to me: My Writing Process My Writing Process

About 5 weeks ago I was asked to participate in a blog tour that helps to put the spotlight on fellow food bloggers. I was nominated by Sandi, a gluten free mom and blogger whose blog Fearless Dining showcases amazing and beautifully photographed food. Sandi creates recipes that would make the most discriminating of foodies proud and shares great information and reviews about the gluten free lifestyle. As you can tell I enjoy her blog and appreciate her support. Fearless Dining: http://www.fearlessdining.com/

1. What am I working on?

Keeping with the theme on Pure Grace Farms one year anniversary, I must say I have seen many changes already since my first post was published last August. I am more focused on projects  I feel are important and provide help to others in the larger scheme of things. My Preserve the Harvest Series is an ongoing project that I’ll be continuing throughout the year as a regular feature. Other than that, I let inspiration from day to day life lead me.

2. How does my work differ from others of my genre?

While I enjoy gardening, cooking and sharing these special talents with my readers, I feel my real focus is on matters of the heart. It is important to me that those who come to Pure Grace Farms leave feeling better in spirit than when they arrived. This is no gimmick on my part, but a sincere appreciation of all that I have been given. My life hasn’t been a picnic by any means but I find that even in the difficult moments a little kindness and encouragement is what makes all the difference.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write to encourage, to inspire and to share my story. There is a hope that I have deep within me that God is on His throne. I am deeply and powerfully loved and no one can ever take that away from me. It is my desire that all may know and experience this deep and abiding love. Not because of who you are or what you’ve accomplished; all those things fade and falter. It is because of who God is and how He loves us. A powerful message I feel compelled to live out in love and gratitude.

4. How does my writing process work?

I prefer not to think too much about what I will write until the moment I sit down to write it. I have a title or topic in mind and that’s about it. I write like I do just about everything else, squarely by the seat of my pants. I am an emotional writer and put my heart into every word that goes on the page. Sometimes it can get me into trouble, but for better or worse I want to be real.

So there you have it. Thank you for taking a moment to read a little about me.

Happy Blogiversary to me: My Writing Process MY NOMINATIONS

I now get to pass the torch to 3 of my favorite bloggers. I have chosen these particular three because of the support and encouragement they have shown me in the first year of Pure Grace Farms existence. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and for this I am truly grateful. My three nominations are in no particular order.

1. Diane and her blog  Recipes for Our Daily Bread. A living breathing sweet Southern inspiration in everything she does. Her generous spirit and love for others is contagious and her pure Southern Cooking will bring you to your knees. Thanks Diane, I surely appreciate you! Recipes For Our Daily Bread: http://recipesforourdailybread.com/  

2. Kim from The Cookie Puzzle. My first contact with Kim was a comment she left on one of my posts. She left some very encouraging words for me at a moment when I was questioning what I was doing at Pure Grace Farms. She had no idea of my struggles or how deep her words penetrated my heart. Since then she has been a constant source of support, most likely without her even knowing it. I am thankful for the way God uses us to bless one another. Thank you for being a blessing Kim. The Cookie Puzzle: http://www.thecookiepuzzle.com/p/about-cookie-puzzle.html

3. Michelle and I have only recently become acquainted and I already know we will be good friends. A Dish of Daily Life offers just that. Life lived up and served as the main course with food the beautiful side dish. Michelle tirelessly esteems others highly and her servant’s heart  is evident in all she presents on her blog and throughout the social media world. A cheerleader, friend and confidant. I am honored to know her. A Dish of Daily Life: http://www.adishofdailylife.com/

Please take a moment and go by and say hello to all these wonderful ladies. Their blogs are all refreshingly different in nature but have in common something very important…a heart and soul.

Blessings, Shari  

My writing process blog tour shared with: *Crafty Allie: Worthwhile Wednesday’s *Smart Schoolhouse: Whimsy Wednesday *Juggling Real Food And Real Life: Let’s Get Real *The Diary of A Real Housewife: Foodie Friday’s

 Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #84: Thanks for the Love

Hi friends. It’s Wednesday and time for another Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop at Pure Grace Farms! Last week we broke the 400 barrier with 424 posts…amazing!  It warms my heart to know that my personal goal was met. Now I can retire from the Wonderful Wednesday blog hop knowing the mission was accomplished! Woo Hoo!

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #84: Thanks for the Love TRIPLE THE LOVE!

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #81 As I have been doing all month, I have switched things up a bit at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop promoting “Triple the Love!”  

This is how it works. Each time you link up on my site and leave a comment (so I know you linked up) I will feature your post on my Facebook page during the coming week. I will also tweet to the heavens and pin your fabulous post on one of my boards. That’s what I call Triple the Love!!!  If you have a moment, in your comment please tell me what you have shared. With so many great posts being linked up it makes it easier for me to find yours. :) 

Triple the Love Since I have been co-hosting The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop my Preserve the Harvest Series has not been getting the love and attention it deserves, so…I decided to put it front and center along with the Hop in hopes that you might also give it a little love while your here. This week I am sharing Blackberries and Canning Homemade Blackberry Syrup.

Preserve the Harvest: Let's Talk Blackberries and Canning Homemade Blackberry Syrup

This week I have also continued the Everything You Need to Know About Camping Series. I love having the opportunity to share my passion with you! My latest installment…Let’s Get cooking.

Everything you Need to Know About Camping: Part 3 - Let's Get Cooking

I would love it if you would pin one or both of these Series today to one of your boards. Thanks friends and have a wonderful hop!

Everything You Need To Know About Camping: Let’s Get Cooking: Pin It

Preserve the Harvest: Blackberries and Canning Homemade Blackberry Syrup: Pin It

My favorites from last weeks Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop…

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #84: Thanks for the Love Sweet Almond Butter and Oatmeal Soap: Day to Day SuperMom

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #84: Thanks for the Love How to Save Money on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Robyn’s View

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #84: Thanks for the Love

Ten Books I Can’t Wait to Devour this Summer: Making it in the Mountains

Thanks for the love  and  all the kind support. I have enjoyed the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop and the friendships it has brought. 

Blessings,

Shari

We did it! Last week’s party broke the 399 barrier. 
Guess how many we got? 
424 wonderful posts! 
That is the highest number of links Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop has ever received. WOW!

The most viewed, hands-down, was 3 Peppers Recipes’ Old T-Shirt Pom-Poms with 49 views! Coming in second place with 35 views was Easy DIY Cherry Blossoms Decor from Designs By Miss Mandee. Our guests visited a lot of posts! Yipee!

Most Viewed
-1st Place-
Crafts using old t-shirts #crafts By 3 Peppers Recipes
 
Most Viewed 
-2nd place-
DIY Cherry Blossom Decor from Designs by Miss Mandee #crafts #homedecor
 
 
Favorites
 
Editor’s Pick
#400!
 
This amazing dessert had the honor of being number 400!
I love promoting those who come in a little bit later in the process but this lady wasn’t at all late. She did it JUST RIGHT! Sara’s post is our first in the 400’s ever–no one will ever be the FIRST #400 again! Isn’t this sundae cake a really creative idea? I love it!
Two secrets of our success: #1 Lots of active participation! Our co-hosts and their guests promote this party all over the place and the people do come. So we say “thank you and keep up the good work!” to everyone. #2 YOU! Your creativity is what makes this party like visiting a magnetic lifestyle magazine! Best act in town. :)
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Thank you to our 7 lovely July co-hosts!!! 
Dear guests, if you haven’t already, please visit their blogs and follow them on social media where you can. They have worked very hard to make this a successful party and we’ve all benefited from it. Give ’em some love!♥ 
 
Let’s party!  Simple Guidelines:

 

  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) 
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you’ve been there!
  • When you are PINNING, remember to do it from the original post. 
  • If you are new, be sure to let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. 
  • Thanks for joining us!
Shari of Pure Grace Farms
 
Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow
 
Danielle of Sew Much Crafting
 
Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread
 
Marcy of Day2Day Supermom
 
Jessica of Plucky’s Second Thought
 
Tammy of Creative K Kids
and… Tammy of The Ultimate Linky
 
Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row 
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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #82

Hi friends. Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop at Pure Grace Farms! I will be co-hosting during the month of July and I am having a blast getting to know you and visiting some pretty exceptional blog sites too!

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #81 I have switched things up a bit at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. I am promoting “Triple the Love“ all month long. This is how it works at Pure Grace Farms. Each time you link up on my site and leave a comment (so I know you linked up) I will feature your post on my Facebook page during the coming week. I will also tweet to the heavens and pin your fabulous post on one of my boards. That’s what I call love!!!  Triple the Love

Since I have been co-hosting The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop my Preserve the Harvest Series has not been getting the love and attention it deserves, so…I decided to put it front and center along with the Hop in hopes that you might also give it a little love while you’re here.  

PRESERVE THE HARVEST SERIES

Preserve the Harvest Series: How to Make Sauerkraut Preserve the Harvest Series presents a new fruit or vegetable every Tuesday with the goal of helping you get the most out of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested during peak season. Next up…Cabbage and How to Make Sauerkraut .  See More

Thanks for being generous with the love and kudo’s. I appreciate each and every one of you and am so glad you came! Blessings, Shari

My favorites from last week…

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #82

 Dark Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Sundae: Life with the Crust Cut Off

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #82: Fresh Strawberry Popsicles-Robyns View

Fresh Strawberry Popsicles: Robyn’s View

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #82:Peach and Blackberry Teagarita- Love Bakes Good Cakes

Peach and Blackberry Teagarita: Love Bakes Good Cakes

Would love it if you would pass on a little love for the Blog Hop Today. Thanks!!!

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #82

NOW ON TO THE WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY BLOG HOP…

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #82 from Ducks ‘n a Row. Last week we had 370 awesome posts!!! In fact, the Editor’s Pick (below) is number 370. Artistic Endeavors 101 shared an adorable little needle felting stuffed dog. See, even if you come to our party a little bit late, you STILL get noticed!
 

So, let’s move along to our great features from last week and today’s event. We have 8 blogs hosting this party so you will get LOTS of action on your links. 



Please follow our co-hosts and host as you can. (Do a little every week and before you know it you’ll have followed them all.) Be sure to visit some of our guests and show them lots of love

 
Most Viewed
DIY bug spray
 
 
Very Popular Posts
 
# 370 Editor’s Pick
stuffed dog toy #crafts
 
 
Love this party?
 

 

 
 
 
So let’s party!  Simple Guidelines:
  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) 
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you’ve been there!
  • When you are PINNING, remember to do it from the original post. 
  • If you are new, be sure to let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. 
  • Thanks for joining us!
Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread
 
Shari of Pure Grace Farms
 
Tammy of Creative K Kids
and… Tammy of The Ultimate Linky
 
Marcy of Day2Day Supermom
 
Jessica of Plucky’s Second Thought
 
Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow
 
Danielle of Sew Much Crafting
 
Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row 
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