March Photo Wrap-Up 2016

It feels to me like March has actually been shorter than February this year! Time flies when you’re having fun. Enjoy this month’s photos y’all!

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I hit the road with my favorite traveling companion, and best friend David. We had a great time at the Arnold Fitness Expo in Columbus, Ohio!

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When these beautiful trees start blooming again I know spring is here!

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Stumbled upon these new items while shopping for kid birthday gifts. These are a part of the new line of “fashionista” Barbie dolls. They have curvy, petite and tall dolls. Being a tall girl myself I sure wish they would’ve had these options when I was a little girl.

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Date night fun with the David. We tried a new restaurant and watched a movie at The Warren Theatre.

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Yummy dinner at The Waterfront Grill in Jenks, OK (reference date night above). It was our first time dining here and the food was delicious. I had the catfish fillets, with coleslaw and Asian stir-fry vegetables. I was impressed with the catfish. Did I mention yummy yet?

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One of the most important indicators that spring has arrived is my god-daughter, Icely’s, birthday. I am so honored to have her in my life. She is growing up too fast.

I hope your month went well. Even though allergies can be a pain in the butt, please get out there and enjoy the outdoors.

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The Honey Pot at the Tulsa Farmer’s Market

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There was a time when a person knew exactly where their food and everyday products came from. With time, things have changed a lot and the consumer is so far removed from the production process of many things they use daily that not knowing the origins of what we use has become second nature. Farmers markets help to bridge the gap between production and consumption and allow consumers a chance to meet people who grow and make many goods and products.

This past weekend I ventured over to the Farmers Market in the parking lot of the Whole Foods Market on Brookside. This was my first time attending and I was so glad to get the opportunity to go because it had been on my “To Do” list for quite some time.

There were over ten booths set up with vendors selling goods ranging from vegetables to meats to wine. The staff on hand were very helpful and gave me good information on how purchasing goods works. Cash is accepted at all vendor booths. Credit and debit cards and the SNAP program benefits are also accepted.

One of the vendors that I enjoyed visiting with was Amy Roark from Roark Acres Honey Farms. Amy and her husband own and operate Roark Acres Honey Farms in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have their own bee hives and make their own products from the honey the bees produce. I had a difficult time deciding what items I wanted to buy (which I believe to be a good thing). I finally decided on a bottle of pure raw honey and one of their lotion bars. In total both items cost me less than $20.

Because I am watching my spending I decided to keep my purchasing low. Not to worry though, most products at the farmers market are reasonably priced and you shouldn’t break the bank shopping there.

The “winter” market is currently under way. Dates and location information can be found on the website (<— click the blue text). I encourage you to stop by and give local growers, entrepreneurs and product makers an opportunity to impress you. There’s something very rewarding by shopping local.

Do you shop local? Have you considered selling products at a local farmers market? Comment below and let me know!