As I have stated my new home is not very homey. It is a hell of box stores and chain restaurants. I have found a couple of slices of heaven in this hell. I have found a CSA delivery. This comes bi-weekly and arrives on my doorstep. It is full of organic fruits and veggies. I had a similar one in Seattle. This made my life a little happier.
I have known about the farmer’s markets in my city and the city near me. This weekend I visited both of them. I found these wonderful small round eggplants and wild mushrooms in the market in my town. Happily this is a very easy bike ride. I also saw patty pan squash which are fun to stuff and roast. I only bought a couple of items so I could check out the other market. On the weekends that Richard is on call, I convince him to leave the car for me to run errands as needed.
In Folsom, which is a town I do appreciate, the market is much larger. There are more produce and street food booths. I found white raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, wild salad mix, roasted pistachios, and baby potatoes. For about $25 I got all this from both markets. Some people feel a farmer’s market is too expensive, but the reality is very different. When we pay $3.00 for items that we use just a little of and then waste the rest we are paying way too much. In a farmer’s market we are only buying what we can consume, knowing that the window for use is limited. I immediately froze all the berries, just because I know that they only last a day after you bring them home.
I have found, and this is personal experience, that if I buy produce in smaller quantities at higher prices, I tend to waste them less. It also encourages me to think about my food more. I am so thrilled to now have access to this type of resource again. I did find it weird that the farmers at the market did not have dandelion or mustard greens. In fact I was informed that they were weeds. Ugh, any good farmer recognizes a source of food and welcomes it! At least I would.
In a moment of desperation, I found several bags of ancient grains on sale at Sprouts. This store is similar to Trader Joe’s. I am not thrilled by it, but it is better than chain stores. At least the produce is less packaged than TJ! I have actually found Arugula there, but only in those stupid plastic bins you buy. I found Kamat, Chia, Spelt, Millet, and Amaranth, all were being discontinued. I am saddened by that. Although this pushed me to pursue finding a true Co-op. I found a small one in Roseville, which is about 6 miles from my home. I think it is potentially biking distance. I talked to a very nice woman there who informed me that I might look into Sac Co-op for refilling my oils and other liquids. I contacted them and now I wait to hear back from them to see if they have the things I am looking for. Also I wonder if my membership in Seattle Co-op is valid there, hopefully so.
I have been thinking about what to do with myself these days. I have decided to look for a temporary job. I actually found contract work. I have been approved to tutor students. They offered me more money than the lab ever thought of offering. I also am able to tutor online or in person, which makes my life more flexible. I am excited to have a few hours a week of usefulness.
It is hard to wake up daily when you do not want to be in a place, I have finally found a new hope here.