produce

Market Monday: Green, striped and prickly

This morning I went to one of my favorite places in Lake City, KC’s Produce Market. It’s conveniently about a half a mile down the street from my house and has a real sweet atmosphere. The only thing better than the customer service is the unbeatable price of produce. Most prices in there are cut in half compared to any grocery store, and in some cases even more.

Usually Abe comes with me and helps pick out what we need, and I’ll let him pick out a few things that he would like. It’s nice, because I can teach him colors and shapes while also displaying the importance of consuming fruits and veggies. However, he wasn’t with me this morning, so I was able to shop leisurely for our produce for the week. It was heavenly!

Here are my three favorites from today!

green onions

Green onions are such a great addition to so many meals. I absolutely LOVE the way they smell! I also have some nostalgia that is tied to them as well. When I was going to school at NGU, there was a field close by that I would walk to and sit in by myself. One day I discovered that it was a field of green onions, and the owner was happy to let me pick as many as I wanted!

heirloom zebra tomatoes

Heirloom Zebra tomatoes are a new discovery I made today. I’m a big fan of all tomatoes, so trying a new kind is fun. I sunk my teeth into one of these this morning, and it was so rich and sweet. I also find them to be visually pleasing.

pineapple

 

When a ripe pineapple enters our house, it is usually gone within a few hours. Daniel and I mean about a juicy pineapple.

Where do you enjoy shopping for your produce? What are your favorite fruits and veggies?

Shot Glass Succulents

I’ve recently had a surge of desire for gardening, as you probably know if you follow me on Instagram. About a month ago I set the bottom of a head of lettuce in a dish with water, and it grew! It made me feel real successful, and gave me the idea that maybe I could actually do this! Last spring I tried my hand at planting some produce, and I failed fantastically. I’ve learned a little bit, asked questions here and there and have been doing a great deal of research. Several of my friends are also getting into gardening as well, so tips and ideas have stemmed from those conversations also. Oh yeah, and PINTEREST! Gosh, so many great DIY tutorials and ideas have been flooding my home page and I’ve been pinning like crazy. I currently have some tomato, chard, lettuce and poppy sprouts that just popped up yesterday, and have basil and mint growing on a small table in my kitchen.

Succulents are just so pretty and apparently the easiest to grow and keep up with. They don’t require constant water attention, because they are able to store water. They don’t need a whole lot of room to grow as well. If you wanna keep one in a small space, it will stay that size and continue to look gorgeous.

I’ve seen all kinds of ideas on how to store your succulents, and as I was admiring my little inside propagation station, I had the idea to grow some in the shot glasses I set on the window sill for decoration. I mean why not! If this works, then how cute will it be to have little shot glasses all over the place with pretty plants in them! You can propagate succulents by using their leaves and setting them on top of your soil. After a few days, new buds will grow from the end of the leaf that was cut!

Shot Glass Succulents

 

For tips on how to propagate succulents from plant leaves, check out Succulents and Sunshine. She has great ideas and lots of experience!

Shot Glass Succulents at Jude and the Walrus

 

I like to grab up cute shot glasses that I find at thrift stores. They make sweet decorations for surfaces that can’t hold much.

Shot Glass Succulents on Jude and the WalrusPropagating Succulent Leaves // Jude and the WalrusShot Glass Succulents // Jude and the WalrusShot Glass Succulents // Jude and the Walrus

 

Have you tried your hand at gardening before?