My mom came to visit me this weekend, and yesterday we got up bright and early and headed down to the Des Moines Farmers’ Market. We got there at about 8:30 and it was already packed! The public parking garage was nearly full and the streets were crowded with people, dogs, and ginormous Volkswagen-sized strollers.
We made our way through the crowds and looked at all the delightful things. The Des Moines Farmers’ Market is awesome – they have vendors selling everything from street food (including a stand selling Breakfast burritos that had a line half a block long), local wineries, goat’s cheese, Elk jerkey, roasted soynuts, salsa, orchids, dog collars, dog treats, pasta, local popcorn in about 100 flavors, and of course fruits and veggies. It’s still pretty early in Iowa but there was a ton of asparagus, even strawberries (which are early), greenhouse tomatoes, radishes, greens, and some non-local stuff.
I ended up with three bunches of asparagus, some orzo pasta, strawberries (that are half-gone already), and two jars of salsa. My mom and I each had a veggie spring roll while we shopped:
And a few samples here and there:
There were a ton of dogs there and I chatted with a girl from The Pet Project Midwest, about volunteer opportunities. I am passionate about animal rescue and have been looking for a way I can help out, but most organizations really need foster homes for rescue dogs and I can’t take in a foster right now – aside from my shoebox-sized home, my dog Sasha
(who we rescued from the local animal shelter) doesn’t play well with other dogs.
After we were done at the Market, we ran our bags up to the car and walked over to Market Day. It was really neat and though I didn’t buy anything, I picked up a few business cards and talked to a girl about doing some custom stuff for me, for a gift (for someone who reads this blog so it’s a secret).
Then we got some sushi for lunch:
And hit up two different malls for some Mother-of-the Bride dress shopping (my sister is getting married in October). We didn’t end up buying a dress, but we got a better idea of what she should look for.
We came home and got pizza and salad at Vesuvius Woodfired Pizza. This is quickly becoming my new favorite pizza place. The pizza is of course good, I love the chewy salty crust, the staff is super friendly, the service is fast and efficient, and they get about 15,000 bonus points for carrying vegan cheese (Teese, though I wish they’d switch to Daiya!) Then we watched a fluffy movie (The Ugly Truth) and called it a night. It was great to spend the day with my mom filled with good food and shopping – two of my favorite things!