Trying to embrace this new state.
About five months ago, my family up and moved to Idaho. Why Idaho? I don’t have a short answer other than wanting a safe place to raise our kids and not having to run the air conditioner 24/7. Now I won’t lie, I’ve struggled. I struggled leaving my friends, my established clients, my roots, Disneyland… yah I have been missing it all. I’ve had more bad days than good the first 3 months. My youngest two kids and I actually hopped on a plane three weeks after moving just to go to Disneyland. It didn’t help that we moved here during the worst winter southern Idaho has seen in 30 years! If I was going to make it work here I had to do more than just sit at home and cry. It was time to get out and explore things! I had to meet people! Not an easy thing to do at 40 years old. I also knew I needed to start eating better and working out. Everyone here is so in shape!
As the weather has warmed up though I have been able to take advantage of the outdoors and explore places that have been on my list of places to check out. Last weekend was the Boise Farmers Market. Now this isn’t the Orange County Swap Meet that I have grown up with, but it does offer up something I loved going to the swap meet for. Food! Healthy food! You can get so many vegetables here that are pesticide free, organically grown, and just waiting to be eaten as well as berries which are very widely grown in these upper western states. Something that was new to me were the amount of meat vendors. How awesome to get organic, farm raised beef, lamb, salmon, and chicken right at the farmers market! You could also find organic beauty products! We kept hydrated with fresh pressed lemonade made with fresh berries, and lavender. You could feel the vibes of just wanting to live a healthier lifestyle there while everyone walked around with their reusable totes and Birkenstocks. Very granola. I liked it.
Just down the street we were able to also walk over to the Capital City Public Market where you can walk both sides of a long street filled with artisans and unique vendors selling their goods. Maybe,one day I can find the time to get back to some sewing and sell my own stuff down there! Exploring new places, getting out and walking around, embracing where I live now and being able to find a place to go weekly to buy fresh grown local fruits and veggies looks like a win in my book!
Read all about the fresh Boysenberry sauce we made for waffles the next morning using the berries we got at the Farmers Market HERE!