Farmer’s Market Fun


One of my favorite things in Des Moines is the Downtown Farmer’s Market. It’s a family tradition to go every week…so I definitely missed it when we moved! We met our friends, John Henry and Denise there…along with their kids, Isaiah and Annora. We actually met them 3 years ago AT the Farmer’s Market, so it was the perfect place to reunite. We had fun hitting our normal stops and some new ones as well. One of our favorites is Blue Gate Farm. Jill and Sean are fabulous people and we got to know them a little better last year when we purchased a CSA share from their farm. They are so genuine and kind…and it’s really encouraging to see people so committed to sustainability. We devoured their delicious organic veggies every week of the summer.

This week, we were heading there to buy a jar of their amazing herb syrup. It’s the best stuff I’ve ever tasted. It’s the base to their lemonade…and it’s spiked with rosemary and other herbs from their farm. It can also be used to sweeten tea or fruit. As Jill and I greeted each other, she handed me a jar of the syrup and said it was on the house…Blue Gate Farms little addition to the Live Lightly Tour. You can imagine my excitement :) John Henry captured a photo of me accepting this wonderful gift (see photo above). I still haven’t made it yet…I’m saving it for a special occasion!

For photos of last week and also all of the photos I’ve taken of the Farmer’s Market, click here.


  1. Oh, I do love that place too! You look very cute in that blue shirt! Your hair is changing every time I see pics…so cute!

    Comment by Kristin Mayo — August 15, 2007 @ 7:51 am

  2. Yes the farmers market! I am looking forward to going to the one in Iowa City.

    Comment by nikki — August 15, 2007 @ 8:32 am

  3. Wow! That syrup sounds amazing.

    I always try to visit local farmers markets when I travel. It’s a great way to ‘taste’ the culture of the area your visiting.

    Comment by Chelee — August 15, 2007 @ 10:48 am

  4. hi i enjoyed the read

    Comment by Payton — August 18, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

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