Tips for Farmer's Market Shoppers

I LOVE Market season!  There is something special about heading out to your local market on a gorgeous sunny day and hand picking ingredients that will inspire the inner chef in you! Beginning as a customer I eventually became the farmer you see standing behind a table of their freshest veggies. I figured I'd share some tips that can help you get the most out of your next trip to market. 

Have you ever been stumped at market? Walking along and an unique item jumps out at you, but you have no idea what it is!? I know I have been, and prior to my farming days I would just nod and continue on, don't be like old me, speak up and ask the farmer! Ask about how it's grown, and what it is commonly used in/for. If it sounds interesting cook it up, and take it to your next potluck. Farmer Markets are a geat place to discover new varieties of produce that can expand your cooking horizons! 

Since your already asking questions, ASK MORE! If you want to know specifics, ask! Is this organic? Where is it grown? Do you grow it yourself? How can I prepare this?  Farmers can give you all the facts when it comes to veggies-utilize their knowledge! 

Annnnnd let's talk about prices. I get that organic produce can be pricey, for some of us it's a bigger dent in the budget than others. Everything you see at Market is months of hard work-preparing soil, planting, endless hours of weeding. Farming ain't cheap y'all, so learn to give credit where it's due. Brainstorm ways to allot a few extra dollars into your food budget, I promise you won't regret it when you serve up your favorite veggie dish with the freshest ingredients possible!

 Lupine and Poppies will be on apart of the Bellevue Farmers Market (May-September)located at the Red Caboose Park off HWY 70. Stop in and say hi, ask about the veggies, talk recipes with me. I encourage you to shop at local markets because it does make a difference, to your health and to the livelihood of a farmer.






2018 has officially begun and the farm is in full swing! Lupine is starting off with a hefty dose of "new" this year. New website, new animals, and lots of "new to Lupine" produce! 

This time of the year is always a mix of feelings. Excitement for the unfolding season and nervousness about the things that could seemingly go wrong. My goals for this season have been set, but allowance for failure is always factored in. Farming has 100% taught me that you must account for failure! Failure has been deemed with such a negative pretext, I have come to happily and honestly welcome it with open arms. Without failing there are things you simply can not learn.

I tend to be hard on myself, especially when I fail at a task, and that thinking eventually led me to thinking negatively whenever I wasn't succeeding. Since I began farming I noticed that failure was actually a way to see the bigger picture. I have a totally new plan for the farm this year, new ways of designing the garden, and a new mindset of exactly what I want this farm to be like this year. All those "new" things came about because something went wrong, or failed previously.

It is my goal for Lupine to be ever learning and changing as a farm. I want each year to be a "new" opportunity to grow. I want this blog to be a place where I can show accomplishments with just as much integrity as I show my failures. I fail a lot-but I'm accomplishing more. 


owner, Lupine and Poppies