market day

Today Maddi and I woke up, grabbed the market cart and headed to the downtown Farmer's Market.  It was rainy and a little chilly, but that certainly didn't keep the crowds away.  The vendors are full of fresh spring veggies and beautiful flowers.  The smells of hot skillets full of breakfast goodness wafted through the air as we made our way down the middle of the court. 

new t-shirtapron, goat cheese (chive feta, roasted red pepper and chipotle chevre), eggs (not pictured) and pak choi from BGF, and finally; radishes, spinach, onions and carrots from another vendor (oops, forgot to take notice of name)

After getting soaked by the rain, Maddi and I scooted up close to some buildings for shelter and were pleasantly surprised to find Market Days had moved! (inside the Kirkwood Hotel Building for local folks - across from Farm Boys Breakfast Burritos)  

Mads and I skipped into the building and enjoyed browsing the 20+ artisan booths.  I wish I could put into words the fabulousity of the creative ideas on display for sale in this building.  You simply must visit if you are in town and check it out for yourself. 

Remember this photo from last year?:

Just the most awshumness costume e-v-e-r!!!!  Mads and I walked over to a booth and after looking at the artist's creations, I just had to ask her if she was the woman behind the granny square monster creation . . . . YES!

May I introduce Meg Corcoran of scribblenest (the beautiful lady in black)

I absolutely love meeting and chatting with these one-of-a-kind artists.  I told Meg I wanted to spend a couple of days just hanging out in her brain so I feel what it was like to be so creative.  She laughed and told me it would be nice to have the company ;)

I have to admit, I was not completely in the mood to go shopping with my girl today.  Once I caffeine'd up and got in the car my spirits lifted.  Maddi started talking about how excited she was to see all the booths so she could get inspiration for new ideas.  Hanging out with Maddi is like a big blast of sunshine . . . . . you can't help but smile, nod and play along.  I am grateful to have spent the day browsing, buying, laughing, skipping and road-tripping along with my Maddi girl.


Reyna said...

Oh Amy, it sounds like a wonderful day. What I would not give to be there with you...a couple of D Mamas and their kids hanging and enjoying the good life!

Your comment on my blog made me choke with laughter btw. Mutha Flocker!!! Bwahhahahahaha. Love you.

Wendy said...

Wow. It sounds like an absolutely HEAVENLY day! I love the image of you and your girl making this memory together -- even if you were soaked in the process!

Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

Oh, I love it when the markets open!
Noticed ones popping up today when we were running a few errands...so should have stopped and indulged in some yummy local goodies!
Love those memory making days! :)

Alexis Nicole said...

Love awesome days like these!

Roselady said...

What a fun and happy life you lead!

Jules said...

ooh i love farmers markets!

Mrs. Tuna said...

I really enjoy those one on one days with my daughter, less and less of them now that she's older. Sigh.

Sarah said...

Did I ever tell you that my Mom grew up in Des Moines? She loved, LOVED, it there and still talks so much about the city and wonderful people. It's neat for me to see your pics of her most cherished city...and it looks like you guys had a smashing fun time, too :]

Heidi / D-Tales said...

Mom and Maddi girl days are awschum! I know this is certain, as I have my own Maddi girl! :)

I remember the granny square monster from last year! :) How great that you got to meet its creator!

I really wish I knew of a similar farmer's market here. If I ever make it to Iowa, we are so going to the Farmer's Market together!