Friday, May 23, 2008

A Rainy Walk to the Market

This morning at about 8:25am, I headed out the door for my walk. This was a delightful time as I continue to develop this healthy discipline. It was cloudy and cool – like a winter day in California. Loved that! Quite cozy.

I walked down to the Farmer’s Market, about five blocks from here. I took $15 and bought fresh vegetables and strawberries. It was so fun to look at all the produce displayed by the farmers and to choose what I wanted for the week (and what I could carry!). The crowd was minimal. The farmers and vendors were glad to see anyone out today. I loved the feeling of supporting local farms and sustainable living, as they say – eating what is in season. Plus, I thought ahead and took a reusable cloth bag to carry the items, so I wouldn't use more plastic bags, a nod to the environment.

I carried what I bought home – extra weight and extra effort. It rained all the way home. I really enjoyed walking in the rain -- a different side of nature. Also, while I walk, I pass others in the community. Saying hello and sharing quick comments helps me feel more connected. All this makes walking fun. I really do love walking. I got good vegetables and fruit and didn't use any gas, too, which is now over $4 a gallon. I'm glad to live in this area and have a local farmer's market to visit on my walk.

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