I love to spend a morning at the local farmers market. I enjoy buying local (and organic) when I can and I especially enjoy the variety a farmers market has to offer as opposed to the grocery store. When I moved to Olympia, I had no idea they had a market that was indoors as well as open year-round. I had kind of written the farmers market off as something to do outside of the summer. Imagine how excited I was to find this one!
The other day, I had plans to meet a friend at the zoo with our kiddos. Unfortunately, between nap schedules and meltdowns, we had to cancel the morning of. I already had the kids packed in the car and really wanted to get them out of the house (despite one of my kids completely losing it). I told my husband I would run them down to the Olympia Farmers Market just for a bit.
I figured I’d take a stroll through the vendor stands and call it a day. Instead, my kids were extremely well behaved, preoccupied with people watching and overall angels (this never happens!), so we strolled a little longer, stopped for coffee and a snack, and then headed home for afternoon naps. Overall, I call this a win!
After we grabbed something for dinner (if you’re ever near Stewart’s Meats, get the stuffed porkchops…delicious!), we decided to head outside for a walk since it was a nice day. Of course, I was in dire need of a cup of coffee (shocking, I know). Across the street from the market is a quaint little coffee shop called Dancing Goat Espresso. They use a local coffee roaster called Batdorf and Bronson, which is fantastic. And when I say local, I mean literally across the street; the tasting room is next door to the market.
My oldest has now decided that every time we go to a coffee shop, she needs a piece of banana bread. I was able to sneak just one bite before she devoured it. Even though we’re working on sharing, she’s quite a lovely coffee date. It’s starting to become a mommy-daughter thing we do now.
One final note after our day trip (ok, it was only about a two-hour adventure), something I like to do in addition to blogging is to write reviews on Trip Advisor. It’s been a fun way to write about experiences and places we go, no matter what the reason for the visit. It’s shown that more people look to user reviews as opposed to advertisements, which I know is true when I’m looking for information about a place I’m looking to visit (which mostly includes restaurants). I’ve decided to do the same.
I also try not to focus solely on writing reviews when I’m out of town. I have decided that with two kids, “traveling” doesn’t mean we need to pack an overnight bag. I love that there are plenty of things to do in our area that we haven’t done (or thought to do) yet. I have a few reviews written on Yelp, but Trip Advisor really focuses on more than the local nail salon or teriyaki restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, I look on Yelp all the time for reviews on local spots like that, but I like to peruse Trip Advisor when I travel, so I figured what the heck.
What about you? Do you look to user reviews when looking for or before trying a new spot? Regardless, check out what’s in your area! You may find a great little gem like the Olympia Farmers Market.