Sunday market shopping

I really like grocery shopping. It's tricky to do with a couple kids along, for sure, but I like it anyway. Being surrounded by thousands of ingredients gives my imagination a nudge and gets me excited about spending time in my kitchen creating something yummy. Supermarkets are my go-to place for everyday shopping, but on the weekend I love a good farmers market. Today my oldest boy and I shopped at my favourite butcher up island and a farmers market nearby.

The first goodies to end up in our shopping basket were some crisp orange peppers, followed by some juicy blood oranges. I don't know what I'm going to do with them yet, but I'll think of something yummy. I smiled when I saw the small mountain of green beans. Last week when I told my son he was a cutie, he added, "Like a fresh green bean."

My love of grocery shopping seems to be contagious. My son and I have a lot of fun deciding what to buy and what we'll do with it. There's still so much that's new to him; so much he's never seen. Like this piece of ginger I handed him.

So the fridge is full of possibilities again. This week's meals are waiting to be chopped, stirred, and shared. I don't know what they'll be yet, but after today I have a few ideas...

Do you like grocery shopping too? Got any tips for shopping with kids (I could use some)? Do you plan your meals ahead of time or wait to see what inspires you?


  1. Great post, your son is a doll! Yes, I grocery shop alone mostly with my ipod listening to music, which is great alone time (rare). When I shop with my 7 year old daughter, like yesterday for example I'm putting away groceries and finding gems like a 5 pack of Halls (that she tossed onto the conveyor when I wasn't looking)?!? It's my laugh for the day!
    Can't wait to see what you're cooking up this week!

  2. Ha! I love your Halls story. Great idea to shop with an ipod. Next time I go alone, I'm definitely bringing some tunes!!

  3. Hi, so I saw your request for tips for shopping with kids...most weeks I go with all five of my kids so maybe, just maybe I might have an idea for you ;) Not that I know anything mind you.

    1st, I always let them help. My oldest is reading more so I give him the list and let him tell me what we need. The olders (not in the cart) take turns putting things in the basket. Because I shop at lots of stores in one day, I always break up the shopping with a trip to the park and always always always pack foodies for the kiddies (hungry kids surrounded by food = not happy).

    I just also got a recommendation for print them off and put them together and they have a shopping one which I think is free, here's the link

    Good Luck!

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