Behind The Butter

every saturday

I head over to the Santa Rosa farmer’s market.  Usually, I’ll grab one of these for breakfast—

But this morning, in an attempt to save three dollars, I ate a bagel at home and just grabbed a Mexican mocha instead. I look forward to these things all.week.long.

It might sound crazy, but usually I really don’t buy a ton of stuff from the farmer’s market. I really just enjoy the experience of walking around with my mocha and muffin and seeing all the sights. Every week, I’m reminded why I live where I do!

What’s your Saturday morning tradition?

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  • Jin
    March 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’m at school so I get up around 7, fix myself some oatmeal, eat while reading, catch up on some work and at around 10 a.m, I stroll over to the farmers market to pick up some apples! I just did this today 🙂

  • sirenjess
    March 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I eat a pre-run breakfast and then I run long. Maybe 14, or 21. Depends. But I get Starbucks after every Saturday and then I go to Central market for groceries.

  • Lydia
    March 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I get up early to drink coffee on my front porch and watch the birds, then head out to lead my bright, shining 150+ faces in my running groups and bootcamps at the local park. Then I head to breakfast with friends, and catch the Famer’s Market at Forsyth Park. And then sometimes I come home to bake! Perfection!

  • Brittany
    March 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Once it’s growing season again here in VA I do the exact same thing!! I love just walking around seeing all the people, dogs and beautiful food.

  • Lydia
    March 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I get up early and drink my coffee on the porch and watch the birds. Then I head out to meet my 150+bright shining clients for a run and bootcamp in the Park. Afterwards, we head to brunch, my favorite meal, and I hit up the Forsyth Farmer’s market, Davis Produce, and the natural foods store. Perfection!

  • Maissa
    March 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

    saturdays are my sleep in/hang put lazily in bed morning. I get coffee for the boy and I around 10:00am but mostly I just relax, read, snuggle, and watch movies.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    March 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Today was the first day I went to the green market in a long time and it was wonderful- it felt like therapy walking through with the sun shining.

  • Jenny D.
    March 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

    While I may not consider it a “tradition” just yet, my husband and I like walking to Jimmy’s Egg (a breakfast chain) about 2 miles away. We live in the burbs (re: suburbs) so it’s not really a “walkable city”, but we’re totally trying to break the molds around here and embrace the legs we have!! This morning we did it with some good friends who recently moved into the neighborhood!! Cherish your city’s walkability, Jenna – we get all kinds of strange looks down here in Texas!! 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    March 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Definitely a beautiful morning. The markets here don’t open up until at least May; I’m definitely jealous of your produce.
    Saturday mornings usually mean long runs. It’s nice to focus with nothing else to do.

  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    March 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

    That market looks awesome. I love sleeping in, getting in a morning workout, and then leaving the rest of my day open to do whatever I choose. There is usually some type of delicious food involved.

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    March 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I agree — it’s totally the experience of going to the market, not so much buying anything. Saturday mornings are always nice and quiet here; I wake up and make a slow breakfast to savor, and try to be “fully present” in all my little tasks (I actually really enjoy my ‘house chores’ like dusting and laundry! 😉 ). I do some baking, and then in the afternoon hike or otherwise get some activity in — for as long as I please! That’s the reward of a weekend! 🙂

  • Mabelle @ Dance, Love, Dine
    March 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Must be so awesome to live close to a farmers market. The nearest one to me (that I know of) is in Union Square (14th street, NYC to be exact). I live allllllllllll the way uptown to getting to the market by subway can take up to an hour on weekends!!! One day I shall live in a small, cute little town with a nearby organic farmers market :D. The future looks promising! 😉

  • Moni'sMeals
    March 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I have the same Sat. as you…also a Mexican Mocha, how funny! 🙂 Great pics. I also have a Bulldog that tags along though. 😉

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete
    March 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

    The Farmers Markets around here don’t open until mid-May — I wish it was sooner! I also don’t buy too much but I love going — to see all of the fresh food and the flowers!

    Lately my Sat morning tradition is my long run — followed by a long long nap!

  • betsy
    March 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

    the farmer’s market is my sunday morning tradition. usually i’m out late the night before and drag myself there around noon. but i still always go! saturday mornings have lately been long runs, followed by a big breakfast (made these oatmeal pancakes today:

  • d.liff
    March 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I love my Saturday morning farmer’s market trip! Mine definitely is not as exotic as yours, but I love picking up my veggies for the week. This morning I found Jerusalem Artichokes so I’m pretty excited to find a recipe for those!

    Unfortunately, this is the last week my farmer’s market will be open until June – I’m going to have to start going to the Dupont market on Sundays.

  • Jen
    March 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I love the single blue eggs in those cartons! They’re so cute! I don’t have a favorite Saturday morning ritual at the moment, but I used to like going to the farmer’s market when I went to school in Humboldt. I lived in a small town called Arcata and they had a really cool/hippie-ish farmer’s market.

  • Luv What You Do
    March 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I am so jealous! I wish my market was open year round!!!

    My new Saturday tradition (now that the weather is warming) is Run Club and once the market is open, I will be there picking out fresh produce for my weekend tradition…cooking and baking for the week.

  • Girl in Carolina
    March 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Love our Farmer’s Markets here! Found out recently we have a TON I did not know about. I do the same thing…browse around and just enjoy the atmosphere.

    LOVE spring time in Carolina.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    March 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I also go to the farmer’s market. yours looks absolutely gorgeous!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    March 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Jenna I love this post!!!!!

    “Mexican mocha instead. I look forward to these things all.week.long.”–

    The Mexican coffees at the San Diego farmers market that I live two blocks from on Sunday mornings are out of this world, too. I mean…amazing.

    I love that you said you don’t buy too much at them, either. Nor do I! I love walking around and just SEEING what’s there. Seeing the exotic varieties of everything, but I dont buy that much. The market is kitty-korner from a TJs and Ralphs and WFs is 4 blocks away. I live in the land of adundance.

    People watching….and food gawking without buying…is awesome!

  • Lauren
    March 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    All that fresh produce looks amazing and the eggs are so pretty!

  • M
    March 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I go to my farmer’s market on Saturday (but Jenna I really recommend you start
    buying some stuff there…the veggies/fish/etc I buy are so much tastier than the grocery stores,plus it’s so great to directly support and meet farmers!

    I like to enjoy a a 90 min hot yoga class mid Sat morn,and then grab something yummy for lunch after like a fruit smoothie or yummy sandwich at nearby cafe.

    Always have to buy the Saturday paper too…although my fave time to read that is Sunday morning lying in bed 😉

    • Baking 'n' Books
      March 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      I know a lot of people advocate Farmer’s Markets and I love them (uh, when I lived somewhere where they had it open of course) – not in the snow!

      But, anyways, I actually found they were pricier!! I was surprised…I can get a zucchini at the store for a buck (and even organic) – but at a FM it could be 3 or 4 x that amount…but maybe it differs depending on market and place??

      • Kelli H
        March 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

        I’m with you. I’ve been to the Santa Rosa FM that Jenna goes to many many times and I usually just walk around as well. The prices there are ridiculously expensive! Not worth it to me either when I can buy organic produce at Whole Foods for much cheaper.

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    March 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Every Saturday I’m a bit jealous of your life 😉 But for real, on Saturdays I like to get in a workout and then relax and enjoy breakfast. That is, of course, if I get out of bed…

  • Jessica
    March 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I just started a new Saturday tradition today-
    hot yoga in the morning, quick stop by Starbucks, come home to have the boy cook me breakfast- today it was blueberry pancakes!
    Then a lazy day of relaxing on the couch. AND out for a fancy dinner tonight.

    THIS is a day worth repeating, each week 🙂

    Oh- and I mentioned you on my blog today. Check it out. I wanted to let you know you inspire me!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    March 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    So lucky to have such a wonderful market that you’re able to visit every week!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    March 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Hmm…Saturday morning? Sleep in, eat, stress, work…the usual ;)…(well, not the sleeping in, the rest of the week I’m up early…and that’s going to have to start on the weekends now too). Eek. I need some California skies!

  • Rebecca
    March 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I get up early and go out to a local urban trail to run.

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    March 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I admire your discipline; I would probably buy everything at that farmer’s market. 🙂 It looks wonderful!!

    I don’t have any Saturday traditions. Being self-employed and working at home has changed the whole concept of weekends for us, lol.

    • Christie {Nourishing Eats}
      March 13, 2011 at 4:58 am

      I was going to say the same thing. Now that I am self employed and work from home (or coffee shops) my idea of weekend mornings has really changed. I do get to the market each Saturday (even the winter market here in Richmond) to pick up from my local meat CSA but not before at least a couple of hours of work!

  • Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman
    March 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    If we don’t have a Little League game to get to, I like to take a ranch walk and take photos of the dairy cows, calves or heifers. This morning, we let our heifers out to pasture so they can munch on all the lush, green, spring grass and I attempted my first video. Our farmer’s market in Marin is on Sunday mornings and I haven’t been in a while, but I’ve been meaning to get there. Have a great weekend:)

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    March 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Oh, I love looking at your pictures from the market!! I love love strolling around markets..especially in different countries.

    Right now my Saturday tradition is a long run!

  • Angharad
    March 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Those are gorgeous photos! That’s my saturday tradition too, in the summer but Minneapolis is not the place for such things in the winter 🙁

  • kris @ the expat diaries
    March 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    My Saturday morning tradition from November until June is to head to the Bermuda Farmer’s Market, followed by an almond milk latte from my favorite coffee shop. This morning we stocked up on sweet potatoes, as well as kale, fresh herbs and salad greens. Love me a good market! Yours looks fabulous.

  • kristen
    March 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Do tell! What’s in a Mexican Mocha? Yum!

  • Liz @ IHeartVegetables
    March 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    For the past three months, my Saturday morning routine has always centered around coaching basketball cheerleading for 1st graders 🙂 They’re super adorable, but it doesn’t leave much room for anything else in the mornings!

  • Sophie
    March 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Your farmers market looks incredible! Since I live in the South, our produce is more squash, tomatoes, peas, and sweet potatoes. I’d love to have fresh citrus!!!

  • Rebecca
    March 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Saturdays vary for me, but I love to hit the farmers market in the morning. Its colder here so Ive been going to the indoor one. Like you, I enjoy going just to look around.

  • Amanda
    March 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Every Saturyday morning I go to a power vinyasa class at my hot yoga studio. It’s my favorite way to start the weekend!!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    March 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Every Saturday morning, I have breakfast with the boyfriend. Sometimes I cook, and sometimes we eat out. It’s one of my favorite parts of the weekend! 🙂

  • Cara Craves...
    March 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I agree, I just love the motion of walking through a market.
    There is always tons to see/watch and it give you a nice
    sense of community…
    The fresh goodies are a great bonus.

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    March 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    since i’m training for a marathon, my saturdays are spent running then coming home and eating a delicious breakfast/lunch/brunch then trying not to spend all day sitting on my couch so i’m not sore on sunday. but i can’t wait for the farmers market to open in april!

  • Anna
    March 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Ah! This is SUCH a perfect Saturday morning. While for the past year I’ve been waiting tables on Saturdays (my morning, today, began at 6 am), prior to that, my perfect Saturday would include waking up around 8, brewing coffee and reading for an hour or so, going out for a long run (or a long bike ride — I do love my bike rides), and then going downtown to shop at the farmer’s market.

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary)
    March 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    B and I go to a coffee shop and get latte’s and breakfast. We’ll sit outside… eat & chat about our week. 🙂

  • Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
    March 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Aerobics class followed by a trip to the coffee shop!

  • Kristin
    March 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I miss the farmers market in the city we moved away from 6 months ago. It was just a few blocks away & had EVERYTHING. It too was firmly rooted in our Saturday morning routine. We have a market here on Saturdays too, but honestly it’s not as good. And it’ll be nice when there’s fresh produce slathered all over the market in a few months!

  • Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life
    March 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Santa Rosa Farmer’s Market?!? Sweet. I live in Sebastopol. I’m new to the blog world and haven’t been reading your blog for very long so I didn’t know where you lived until “Santa Rosa” just caught my eye. Maybe I’ll see you at the market one of these days 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    March 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    You guys have the most amazing farmer’s markets out in Cali!

    I like to enjoy a slow breakfast on Saturdays and then go to the gym.

  • Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    March 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I love these pics.. the chilies especially

  • Kate
    March 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    What beautiful photos! I commend you on your money saving breakfast–a week from now, you won’t remember whether you had that muffin or not, but $3 here and there adds up quickly!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    March 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    That looks lovely! My Saturday morning tradition is to get up before anyone else and enjoy the quietness of the day.

  • Michelle | gold-hearted girl
    March 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I’m so the same way! I don’t buy much, but I looove the atmosphere and just mozying around. 🙂

  • megan
    March 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I love your beautiful pictures of the market 🙂 i couldn’t agree more about just enjoying yourself walking around with a muffin and coffee! sounds perfect to me!

  • Aimee
    March 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I love waking up and sharing coffee with my husband. Sometimes we go and run together on a running path.

  • Susan
    March 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    That very market is my Saturday morning tradition. Soon, though, it will be preceded by bike rides with friends as we train for Vineman events.

    I’m 99% sure I saw you this morning. Thought about saying hi, but didn’t want to seem stalker-ish or make you uncomfortable.

    I love the tamales at that taco truck. And when they have them, the potato tacos are pretty amazing. Mexican mochas are my favorite.

  • Heather
    March 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Exactly like yours, except spent at Eastern Market in Washington DC! A French cafe for breakfast, then walking and taking in the sights and scents all day long! I love my neighborhood 🙂

  • Katie @ peacebeme
    March 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Don’t have a Saturday morning tradition, but I am looking forward to establishing one in the new apartment and area my fiance and I just moved into in southern california. He just got home from Afghanistan two months ago and I can’t wait to start our own routine together. 🙂 The farmer’s market looks amazing, I love them!

  • staceyhealthylife
    March 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    That sounds like a perfect Saturday morning.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Surf check. Always….
    Today I decided to take out my stand up paddleboard and noticed a ton of the debris in the water still leftover from Friday’s tsunami….Still feels surreal.
    Aloha form Maui

  • Lorin
    March 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I am in San Luis Obispo and there is a big Farmer’s Market (more like street fair) every week and because I live in the dorms and don’t cook, I don’t buy much produce. I just enjoy walking around maybe grab dinner at one of the food booths or frozen yogurt or there is waffle night at the local coffee shop, but I haven’t tried their waffles yet. Next year I will definitely be buying some produce though!

  • French Heart
    March 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Gorgeous photos…

  • Kiran
    March 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    The farmers market where you live is so beautiful and bountiful. The ones we have here in Orlando is just so sad 🙁

  • CH
    March 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I have a saturday morning farmer’s market tradition too! Not always, since I usually have to be started on homework by saturday morning and can’t laze around. But I do it sometimes and I always love it. I could happily spend most of my income there. 🙂

  • Katie
    March 13, 2011 at 4:50 am

    The mexican mocha looks and sounds amazing, I bet you could make that yourself at home ; ) your that good ; )

    I love farmers market’s , when I lived in DC there were a lot of good ones, Im hoping here in Fort Wayne, IN I find some that are good!

    Happy Sunday!!!!

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    March 13, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I would kill to be able to find broccoli stems cut like that for sale! it would save me so much time- wow you are so lucky to have access to this gorgeous market- and omg MUFFINS!!! MUFFINS!!! MUFFINS!!! <3

  • The Teenage Taste
    March 13, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Jeez, I wish my Farmer’s Market was that beautiful! I can totally see why you browse every Saturday! 🙂

  • kaila @ healthyhelper blog!
    March 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Sounds like a great daaay! I wish my farmers market was open all year long! But the weather just isnt good enough here! Can’t wait till I move to california some day!

  • Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan)
    March 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Farmers markets are so relaxing (to me!). I love seeing people buy fresh produce! Ours just opened up for the season yesterday 😀
    Every saturday morning I take my dog on a walk in my pajamas, haha. It’s silly, but it’s just something I do! And I also drink green tea while reading blogs (again-in my pajamas) 😉

  • Melanie
    March 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

    On Saturday mornings I like to go for a long run, although I’m cutting back because I’m 7 months pregnant! After that I have coffee and a pastry with my mom, and on nice days we head to the farmer’s market. I LOVE the chocolate cherry muffins from Full Circle bakery and I wanted one when I saw your picture!

  • Heather
    March 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

    We still have a good month before our Saturday market starts up again, I miss it so.

  • Kim
    March 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Your farmer’s market looks fantastic! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Napa and Sonoma Valley for the end of summer, and I can’t wait!

    My new Saturday tradition is I co-lead a book club at a local cafe every Saturday from 11:00 – 1:00 with a bunch of awesome ladies. We’re reading Plan B by Pete Wilson, and I’m loving the book! I always order the oatmeal with fresh fruit and cinnamon.

    Afterwards, the boy picks me up and we go see friends or play bocce ball or come back to his place and do yoga. Then we get Middle Eastern food and watch a movie at night.

  • Vanessa
    March 13, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I’m so utterly jealous of where you live. The markets down here won’t be good for another month or so.

  • Sarah @ The Rounded Teaspoon
    March 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Oh my. If I had a farmers’ market in season right now, I would go! I plan on hitting up the Boulder Farmers’ Market while I’m in town now. Your photos are beautiful.

  • Christina
    March 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I’m with you there-I love love the farmers’ market. It’s what makes my little town of Fayetteville, Arkansas unique and full of character. I love strollin’ around, getting a cup of coffee, and maybe buying a few flowers or two.

    Our farmers’ market officially starts April 2- I’m more than ready!

  • Alexa @ SimpleEats
    March 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I don’t have a tradition, really, but I love waking up, drinking coffee, checking blogs and heading to the gym. I love farmer’s markets, and yours looks amazing.

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    March 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

    My Saturday morning doesn’t really compare to that…but I still love it!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    March 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I love farmer’s markets!! I, unfortunately, will have to wait until June to experience this thrill as the snow is still piled high up north here in The Peg 😉 I can’t wait!

  • Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude
    March 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I work on saturday mornings! I can’t wait until I can go to saturday farmers markets. 🙂

  • Tina
    March 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    That all looks so fantastic! It would be a challenge to not spend tons of money there.

  • Eskimo
    March 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I do the exact same thing! Go to the market, get a coffee and wander around. Its my favorite part of the weekend. Sometimes I even pick up chicken curry to take home and save for dinner.

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down)
    March 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Eating breakfast in my pj’s with a hot cup of coffee. And waking up with the sun, followed by a brisk morning run. Mmm…I love Saturdays. 😀

  • Stephanie
    March 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    My Saturday tradition in the summer is heading to the farmer’s market as well. I love chatting it up with all the happy people I meet there.

    But because I live in Ohio, the farmer’s market is only here for a few short months. For all of those other Saturdays, I usually make a special breakfast in the morning and blog. Towards the afternoon I go grocery shopping or do homework.

    By the way, I am in love with your photos.

  • Neiko Foxx
    March 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    So…I have been coming to your blog for little over a year and never really had the courage to comment! I think your recipes are AMAZING and your photography skills are A1!!! Keep up the good work!!! 🙂

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    March 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful! I love this routine. I would do the same. My Saturday morning is not so routine, but often involves me waking early and deciding what to cook for me and my man. Pancakes usually wins 😉 but oh so many different kinds – that keeps it fun and exciting! Then coffee and papers and then whatever the day holds!
    Heidi xo

  • Dani
    March 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Wow! I absolutely love farmers markets. Actually just picked up some blood oranges from my local market. So glad that more farmers markets are year round now! And not going to lie, your pictures are making me drool a bit. 🙂

  • Melissa
    March 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I go to the Farmer’s Market here every Saturday too!! The guy who owns the Greek stand knows me by name! The produce at your Farmer’s Market looks amazing!

  • Briana
    March 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I wish we had a farmers market close to go to!! I usually make a heavier breakfast Saturday morning before we seize the day!! Bacon and potato breakfast tacos are the usual request from my husband!

  • joey
    March 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    We have the same Saturday morning ritual! 🙂 I go to a nearby market and buy veggies, fruit, and fish (and other goodies if I’m tempted). I also get my coffee and breakfast from one of the purveyors and love to just walk and look at the thing on offer…and chat with the people. So it’s not all just about buying supplies but also a bit of relaxed “me-time” 🙂

  • Odette @ theonlyplanetwithchocolate
    March 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    This post makes me want spring so badly so that our local farmer’s market can open 🙂 During the Spring/Summer, my saturday mornings usually consist of hitting up the farmer’s market, or sleeping in with my boyfriend and getting up to a lazy breakfast- it depends on who’s city we’re in! Or if we’re up at the cottage, it consists of suntanning and coffee on the deck! In the winter- skiing! 🙂

  • kayla
    March 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Oh my goodness. These pictures are making me completely envious! Living in Oklahoma, the climate right now is less than desirable for a farmer’s market. But come summer time, you’ll find me there! Can’t beat those fresh tomatoes!

    But for now, my Saturday ritual is simply cherishing my family; I’m a recent college grad that moved home to save money before my wedding, and Saturdays are one of the few times that we’ve all slowed down. Our process has now become routine: I’ll wake up and have some coffee while my dad makes me his “special” bagel breakfast sandwich or “his” blueberry muffins (aka a mix, but I pretend like I don’t see). We’ll work on the crossword, he’ll debate going on a run while I’ll debate changing out of sweats for the day. Mom will come in, say we’re crazy, and turns on The Weather Channel. It’s not much, but it’s something that I know I’ll come to miss.

    Thanks for the reminder that the simple things are what make life so enjoyable! Love your site!

  • Erica D @ Gratitouille
    March 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    College-style: Wake up, find friends to have brunch with, and talk about your crazy Friday nights 😉

  • Katrina
    March 14, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I’m so jealous that you have a market like that right by you! I’ve always wanted that. Your photos are pretty too 🙂

  • AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon
    March 14, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I miss farmer’s markets! If only they went year round in New England…My Saturday morning tradition is to sip coffee in bed and eventually get my bum up to make bacon…and that’s what I do.

  • Jennifer
    March 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

    We get up around 6:30 am, make sure everyone is fed and drop Little One off at swim practice for 7:30am. Hubby and I then head to spin class and afterwards sit in the two massage chairs they have at the gym. Then off to pick Little One up and home for a snack before starting our day.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    March 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

    gorgeous jenna! usually on saturday i get up a bit before my sister and come downstairs to make coffee and cook us breakfast. when she wakes up, it’s nice to have a little sister-sister time before the rest of the house is up too :).

  • Judith
    March 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I do exactly the same thing! Have lived in Danville (SF Bay Area ) for over 20 years, and remember when he 1st Farmer’s Market started here, maybe 2 years after I moved here.I too, don’t usually plan to buy a lot, but somehow manage to get led astray. I just enjoy walking around, running into friends, and tasting the bounty from this awesome area we are lucky enough to call home. Sant Rosa looks amazing, love the eggs, might have to head up there some Saturday.

  • lmk
    March 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    90 minutes yoga, 20 ounces whole milk au lait, less than 2 hours work (if I can swing it), and 2 – 3 recipes for baked goods. Also, 2 – 3 glasses red wine. And several pairs of stretchy pants.

  • The Newlywed Chefs
    March 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    How perfect! Right now, I teach Kindermusik on Saturday mornings, but we’ve been walking down to the local market after that for ingredients for our Saturday night meals!

  • Charise
    March 15, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Jenna! You are lucky to have so much local produce right now in CA – pleeaaaase take advantage of it since you are at the market anyway! 🙂

    When the market here is open, I drag myself out of bed around 8:30, eat oats or a yogurt mess, get most of our food from the market, supplement with a grocery store trip, and then go to the gym or hiking if I’m being good. I also tend to do a lot of house cleaning on Saturdays and sports-watching. And then reward myself with dinner and drinks or other fun-night-out entertainment.

    And then Sunday is my lazy morning, grad school work in the afternoon day!

  • Vanessa @ Project Zen
    March 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I work on Saturday mornings so I usually enjoy waking up to catch the sunrise while I do some yoga and lift weights. When it gets warmer, I will wake up even earlier to go running. Afterwards, I’ll have some breakfast and catch up on my reading before work. Soon, it will be time for the farmer’s market on the east coast here too. I can’t wait! Like you, I enjoy browsing too.

    – Vanessa
    Project Zen

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