We are slowly trying to get out more, but safely of course. As you know it won’t be long before we can’t go outside because of the heat. It’s so beautiful right now here in our state, except for the pollan that is. Allergies are acting up everywhere.
This shopping adventure is a recent one. How long has it been since I have done that. Wait, I did do an antique visit but it was empty there so not a lot of people around. So strange shopping in this Corona world. This day of shopping was taken when our governor here lifted some of the virus restrictions in our area. People came outside everywhere to enjoy the sunshine and other people. We now have a policy in place where you choose if you want to wear a mask or not, it’s up to each individual and business.
As always, my shopping adventures are all about the small businesses. All those mom and pop stores are struggling right now. I am not getting anything for promoting these businesses. Where ever you live, support your local small businesses .
Uptown farmer’s market.
Emily Bene Vivendo’s edible flowers- Emily has so many beautiful flowers at her booth. She is one of the original salers at this market. I remember her booth from years ago. She doesn’t have a website that I could find but she is on Facebook and Instagram. She had the prettiest flower mobiles that she sold out of that day…good for her.
Southwest Mushrooms ( www.southwestmushrooms.com )- Click onto website and watch the video on how important mushrooms are. I would love for my son to take a tour of this mushroom farm. My husband is trying to grow mushrooms right now. I almost spilled his giant plastic bag the other day when I was organizing. It’s hard to keep up with both my husband and son and their many projects of hydroponics, growing tents and now mushroom bags.
Casita Curated play ( https://www.casitacuratedplay.com )- A very colorful and busy table. I didn’t get to take as many photos as I would have liked because of social distancing rules that I try to follow. Lots of tiny ones gathered around, playing and looking for fun sensory toys.
I remember the sensory table I made for my kids when they were preschoolers. I bought an old coffee table from the thrift store that cost $5. Then I painted it white. The top part I painted green. It was like looking down onto a little green village from above. Then I went down to the hardware/home store and bought a heavy duty durable plastic tray bucket. Not sure what they call them. Think they mix cement in them because they are so thick. It was pretty deep so perfect for what I was going to use it for. I sat it on the coffee table so my kids could walk around it while playing in it. Outside or inside it was my kids favorite play station. I filled it with clean and dry items when inside our home and took it outside for messy play sensory time like water, finger-paints, and shaving cream. I even had sand in it for sand castles. Loved this booth, check out Casita’s website and all the fun items she has. I used to also do Montessori style teaching with my children when little. You may be able to pick this up sometimes in the DIY’s I design that I share with you all.
Tigermountain foundation gardens
This was the first table I stopped at. The woman behind the table reminded me of my old friend from my childhood neighborhood. She smiled at me while she was working on something with her hands. I think she was knitting. Turns out the woman behind this table of beautiful veggies was in fact from my old neighborhood.
My old neighborhood was in what some from Arizona would call the poorer side of the city. The South side. It was a hard place growing up for some kids .
When I stopped at this table I had no idea the story that was going to be told to me. Tigermountain is about helping teens in the South Phoenix community learn how to grow and eat healthy foods. Keeping everyone happy and busy by learning new skills and being around plants helps heal and lead kids down a better path. I loved this.
I am so happy they are doing something like this. This is exactly what all kids need, all ages.
When I took my veggies home that I bought from them everyone wanted to know how I made everything taste so good. They wanted the recipe on the green beans I bought. I told them, it was the plants. All that love and all those good intentions behind those garden veggies made real food taste that much better.
I cooked up the green beans in some fresh garlic, green onions and a little olive oil. Then added salt with a teaspoon of butter. Green bean French fries I called them. I chopped everything up from the garlic stem and cooked it with the green beans as well.
Absolutely delightful honey ( https://adazhoney.com )- a family business. They are also one of the first booths that started with this market years ago. A mother started this honey company with her two kids, which are all grown up and running the business themselves now.
Here is a little tip for anyone moving here to Arizona. If you are planning on living here then start eating locally made honey to help you with allergies here. We do have our desert pollen and it is miserable for us all when it happens. There is something in local honey that helps with that. Don’t forget to click onto their website above. They have some yummy recipes on making salad dressings using honey.
Abbey Lee farms ( https://abbyleeaz.com ) Neal brooks started this farm years ago and now his daughter Abbey Lee runs it. Neal started growing and selling plants from his back yard back in 1974 when he was 12 years old. In 1985 he bought a 3.5 acre green house that he would eventually turn into a hydroponics center. They now have three farms throughout Arizona. The farm here in Phoenix is open everyday for tours plus they have gardening classes too.
African Everything ( https://www.africaneverything.com/collections/baskets )
Mary Ogwel started this company before her mother died as a promise she had made to her mom to help woman get out of poverty in South Africa. Her and her children import and sell these handmade baskets from villages where women make them. They are sold throughout the US and the money helps the women back in these villages. Beautiful baskets in so many colors to choose from.
Daisy G’s ( www.daisygsoaps.com ) Oils, candles, and soaps. Her table was an assortments of all kinds of pretty fragrances. She even hand unscented goat’s milk soap. I usually make this for my mother-in-law every year because anything with a fragrance hurts her head.
There were so many booths everywhere.
( Raul’s Cocina)
Above ground gardens.
It was such a pretty day to be out too.
I bought some fresh veggies, and an African basket. My daughter bought Lavender oil and some French pastries. My son bought a bunch of French pastries and my husband bought tamales. Happy small business shopping everyone. Stay safe out there.