Best Of Summer

July 31, 2010

I’m definitely living in a dream right now. This day has been so relaxed, so laid back. Excited for many more Saturdays in Cville!

Biking downtown is so much easier than I ever imagined! It’s 2.5 miles (what I used to bike to the gym and back everyday) and has bike lanes 75% of the time. It is more trafficky than I’d like, but I’m getting used to that, and it seems cars are very bike friendly here.

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Summer is in full swing, but the temps are more like fall!

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How could you not buy a bunch of swiss chard that comes with a cute inchworm!? Looks like he already had a nutritious lunch on that one leaf 😉

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Food blogger jewelry from Inedible Jewelry!! I am going back for these.

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Our goods. So excited.

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Grass fed local beef.

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The best part of summer. Hands down.

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And my favorite veggie!

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Two basil plants now in a window box and ready to grow!

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We had beans simmer in the crockpot all morning. I won this guy when I won "Best Food Blog" 2009 from the Foodbuzz awards. Since I knew we were moving, I kept it in a box all this time and used our smaller one. Well, this crockpot is the big daddy!! SO nice! Love all the programming and multiple settings.

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Adzuki beans cooked away!

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After some more house work Matt and I set off on a quick run. Just enough to get us out of breath for the day. ~3.2 miles and ~30 minutes total. The HILLS. Oh, the hills. They are killer here!! We had hills in Charlotte, but they were gradual and not very frequent. The hills here are very steep and there’s one on every street! My running pace is either going to go way down, or up as I get used to them and run on flat again.

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Lunch came next.

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The last of our High Five Fiber loaf!

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Turned into a turkey, avocado, mustard, romaine and tomato stack. I ate it with a fork. It was great!

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Fruit on the side

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some baking to do!

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1 Cynthia (It All Changes) July 31, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Bike friendly drivers make all the difference. Around here they try to run you off the road like you don’t belong. So I only stick to the trails where cars aren’t allowed 😛


2 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 31, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Take me to C-VILLE!!! I get scared biking on the street because I don’t trust myself but it’s all mental, really. Did you see my quinoa banana bread granola recipe? It’s a fun one!


3 Jessica @ Rawtumn July 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Cville looks amazing, so glad you’re enjoying your new home! Love that it’s so bike friendly. Great haul from the market too, jealous the weather has been so nice up there!


4 kelly July 31, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Your farmer’s market looks amazing!!


5 Mom July 31, 2010 at 1:56 pm

The fabric on the dresses looks like Eric Carle fabric, of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fame.


6 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Hehe, I like eating non-fork food with a fork – it kinda makes it special 😀
Looks like you had a fab day at the market!


7 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Looks like the perfect morning!


8 Annie@stronghealthyfit July 31, 2010 at 2:04 pm

MM that’ lunch looks SO good!


9 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) July 31, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Those earrings are so cute! I want some!
And you and Matt seem to be such a great couple! You are always hanging out and exercising are an inspiration!


10 The Wife of a Dairyman July 31, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Like your farmers market! Glad to hear your roads are so bike friendly….makes things much easier and enjoyable.


11 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 31, 2010 at 2:16 pm

That jewelry is absolutely adorable. I want some!! lol


12 Katelyn July 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Your farmers market looks great! How wonderful that it is close enough to bike too…sounds like Charlottesville is full of good surprises.


13 tanyasDailyProductReviews July 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm

what a great market


14 Kaley July 31, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I contemplated buying okra today at my (weenie) farmers market and decided against it because I was intimidated. I did, however, think “Kath would totally have bought some.”


15 Ally July 31, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Looks great! Hope you enjoy the grass fed beef. My husband’s family raises grass fed Black Angus and it is delicious! Honestly, I don’t even enjoy the grain fed grocery beef anymore. Plus, it has a ton of Omega 3! Yay!



16 Meg July 31, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Oh. My. GOODNESS. Those foodie necklaces – I WANT! I’m about to come to your market JUST for one, heck, I only live in Maryland 😉


17 Mama Pea July 31, 2010 at 3:16 pm

We are on our way to the Farmer’s Market right now! You’ve reminded me to pick up some okra and to avoid necklaces shaped like ham.


18 Rhea (Greek Feaster) July 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Hey Kath, I have a request for you– could you please post an okra recipe someday? I love adding new veggies and recipes to my repertoire, but I’ve never worked with okie.
Also, those WATERMELONS!!! So succulent.


19 Kath July 31, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I’ll try to do a video soon! All you do is rub in some olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for about 20-25 minutes at 400*. They will be a bit gelled inside – that is normal. Just be sure they are tender and not raw-crunchy.


20 holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm

What a beautiful farmers market! So many delicious looking fruits and veggies! I was just at our farmers market and had a blast — I love all the people, all the food, the smells, everything.

Those necklaces and earrings are adorable! So cute.


21 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm

great farmer’s market! i love being able to walk to mine on the weekends too….though i am ashamed to admit i sometimes drive when i have a large haul.


22 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Oh, I am so happy you like your new home! Enjoy your afternoon!


23 Kim July 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm

That dress is too cute! I think my niece would like it. Do you know if they have a website?

LOVE Framer Market’s! We bought some amazing Colorado peaches today. OMG I have laready had two! :)


24 Kath July 31, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I will check the next time I’m there!


25 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 31, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Amazing farmer’s market!!! and those necklaces are so freaking cute :)


26 Ashley July 31, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Awesome market photos. Gorgeous tomater on your samich!!!


27 Daniel July 31, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I just discovered a farmer’s market in a town about an hour away (my Mom and I were out shopping) and they had tons of organic, grass fed beef and chicken along with a very nice selection of produce for the size of the market! Not quite as grand as yours, but it was enough to make me happy, and I was even lucky enough to find a batch of fresh okra! I’m going to try grilling them tonight – any suggestions to make them amazing?


28 Kath July 31, 2010 at 4:31 pm

See my comment above!


29 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 31, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Yay, for living so close to a farmer’s market. I’m within walking distance of mine and it brings so much joy to my life!!

That jewelry is adorable!!!! I want one!


30 Margie July 31, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Kath, thanks to all your okra mentions I think I dreamed about it at some point this week. :) Will definitely need to pick some up at the farmer’s market tomorrow – hope they have some!


31 Marisa @ Loser for Life July 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Beautiful! I love all the colors of the farmer’s market!


32 healthyteacher July 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I just realized that I have a farmer’s market right down the road from me AND that there’s a GREAT HARVEST 5 minutes away! I meet you and Matt, GH gurus, then a week later realize I have GH right here (and a farmer’s market.) I’m really pumped. I bought a chocolate chip pumpkin muffin today and almost died from the succulence.

Love that you are enjoying your new place. We move next week! But now, instead of moving from NC to CA, we’re moving 5 minutes down the road. Much. Better.


33 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 31, 2010 at 4:47 pm

That farmers market is incredible!


34 Stacey@ July 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Sounds like you are having a lovely time and really enjoying life there.


35 caronae July 31, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I love the butterfly dress! It looks like Eric Carle’s drawings (The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar, etc.)

Anyways,happy weeeeekkkkkeeeennndddd!


36 Lea @ Healthy Coconut July 31, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hi Kat,

I like the sunglasses you are wearing while riding your bike? Can you share where you purchased it from and what brand? I have a hard time finding sunglasses that fits my cheeks, lol! The sunglasses rides up when I smile.

I love the tomatoes, different shapes and looks. Not like the cookie cutter and identical looking tomatoes at the supermarket.



37 Kath July 31, 2010 at 5:10 pm

They are from Target! I got 3 pairs there earlier this summer. I dont’ see a brand, but I do see FTG on the side in digital print?


38 Michelle July 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Hi Kat,

I’m new to your amazing blog, and just had to write and say hi. Your enthusiasm for C’ville is bringing up some good memories; my husband and I met at work there. And now that you are exploring the farmers market, I feel my worlds are colliding. I have a Flickr friend who sells her pottery there. So, if you see Maggie next week, tell her Michelle from Colorado says hello. Oh, and you might even see my parents there, too.

Enjoy your time there, we certainly did!


39 Kath July 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I saw some pottery today!


40 Julie July 31, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Hey Kath-
I’ve been reading the ‘ole blog for months now, but never commented, so I am taking this opportunity to suggest combining the great looking chard you got with some leeks and chick peas! I am sure you have a recipe, but I chop the leeks, and sautee, add garlic, fresh lemon juice, cayenne and a little cumin and then dump fresh chard on top and put a lid on it to steam! Mix, serve and enjoy!
I figured after making so many of your great recipes (hello, kale chips, i love you!) that I should return a favor!


41 Kath July 31, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hey Julie,
I don’t really like leeks – they’re too much like onions! The flavors sound good though :)


42 Vicky (eat live spin) July 31, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Love all the pictures! Your new farmer’s market looks great and it’s so close! Hope you are enjoying your new town!


43 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm

That’s awesome that CVille is so biker friendly! Biking will be a great way for you to explore your new town! 😀


44 Sara @ July 31, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Looks awesome! I love fresh produce from a farmer’s market – you can totally taste a difference!


45 Courtney (Delightful Devours) July 31, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Love the farmers market! Just got back myself :)


46 Alyssa July 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Oh my GOD. i NEED that mint chocolate chip icecream cone necklace! I am obsessed with mint!


47 Dorothy July 31, 2010 at 7:54 pm

That was such a well-timed post for me…. I was trying to motivate myself to get outside for some exercising, and reading about your jog sounded so nice, that I ‘suited-up’ and went for one myself! Thanks for the continuous motivation!

Oh, and the food jewelery is ADORABLE!


48 Wendy July 31, 2010 at 8:52 pm

What a fresh, summery post! Looks like a lot of foodie bloggers hit the farmers markets today. :-)
That food jewelry is impossibly cute. Need me a necklace or something!


49 Hannah July 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Charlottesville really is a great town for running and biking. Sounds like you’ve really found yoru niche :)


50 Gree July 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I love your farmer’s mkt pics, so lovely! I wanted to leap through the computer to try that blueberry chevre!


51 Kelly July 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Aw! You guys look like you’re having a wonderful time in C-ville!

Don’t you just love the Kitchenaid crock pot? We have the same one in burgundy. We use it a lot, especially during the cooler months.


52 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey July 31, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Aw your Farmer’s Market looks so wonderful! The produce looks great, too. :)


53 Wei-Wei August 1, 2010 at 1:17 am

I love your jewelry, it’s so cute and so much fun! I definitely agree that the best part of summer may or may not be the food 😉



54 Deb August 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

Is that a garmin or polar you are wearing while biking?


55 Kath August 1, 2010 at 10:32 am



56 Melissa @ HerGreenLife August 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I’m enjoying reading about all of your biking adventures — definitely my favorite way to get around and better than driving for so many reasons :) Will you send those fall temps my way?


57 mary-kate August 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

hi kath! you may have already heard about it–i know you’re up on c’ville info–but if you are interested in regular farmer’s market produce, you should check out horse and buggy produce. it’s a local CSA, and it’s wonderful. i’m fairly certain you can buy a share at any time in the season and just start paying from then on. they also have a variety of share sizes, as well as some meat, cheese, bread, and granola shares. also, c’ville market is belmont is a great time to get produce during the week–good prices, local produce, etc.

welcome to c’ville!


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