I really think I should just go ahead and change the name of this blog. Let’s face it, more posts include a plug for Mount Hood than not. This one is no different…
The sun came out on Saturday and the temperatures rose to over 80 degrees. To be honest, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was one step away from streaking down the street and doing cartwheels. It’s been a LONG winter. Instead of risking arrest (not that naked cartwheels would be anywhere NEAR the most odd thing you can see someone do in Portland) I decided a bike ride to the farmers’ market followed by a hike would allow me to fully enjoy the day.
Armed with my SPF 100, I set out on my trusty steed…
When we first moved here, the bridges coming up for oncoming boats was perhaps the scariest thing I’d ever seen. I thought it was SO bizarre! Thankfully I took Hawthorne bridge into the city versus Burnside Bridge. As you can see, Hawthorne Bridge merely raises from the middle – non-threatening. The Burnside Bridge has two sides that fold up and create a giant concrete wall in front of you. I can’t help but think of “Inception” every time I see it…
I wasn’t alone while I waited. It seemed like everyone was out for a ride!
The month of June marks the first month of my new budget plan. The bulk of my money goes into food and I have been spending upwards of $100 – $150 each WEEK since I started seriously cooking in January. While I find great pleasure in food and cooking and feel that food is an investment in my overall health, I knew I had to cut back. My new goal is to spend no more than $75 a week on groceries, and the farmers’ market helps me to do that.
The farmers’ market helps me stick with produce that is in season and therefore cheap. I was surprised to see one stand of tomatoes at the market. Tomatoes are not in season here right now. That would explain why these giant tomatoes were nearly $5 a pound! After taking this picture, the old lady running the stand told me that she charges 25 cents per picture.
Strawberries, on the other hand, are totally in season! I purchased three pints of these beauties for a very fair price. We’ve already eaten about two pints and they’ve been in the fridge for about 12 hours.
I also walked away with a giant bunch of rainbow chard, two heads of butter lettuce, a big ol’ bag of spinach, a bunch of basil, and some asparagus for $30. Produce usually costs me upwards of $40 – $50 at the store. I saved big! If your mouth is gaping open right now at the very idea of spending $40-$50 on produce, understand that I only eat plants. This includes mostly fruits, vegetables, and some beans, grains, and tofu.
After today’s trip to the grocery store to supplement the produce I purchased at the market, I successfully spent $75.04. Please overlook the four cents… I REACHED MY GOAL!
After returning from the market and eating some lunch, I left for a seven mile hike through Washington Park. My final destination was Pittock Mansion – a huge mansion situated at the top of a cliff overlooking the entire city with accompanying views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and, of course, my Mount Hood. It’s the hike of my dreams, basically.
Later I made a farmers’ market inspired dinner and then went out for a lovely drink with two lovely friends. We sat outside. There was a fire. It was magnificent.
The sun should really come out more often…
Peace, love, and patchouli –