Garden, Graphic Design, Life

Farmers Markets — Eat local!

This post is going to ramble a bit. Consider yourself warned.

I am not a huge fan of summer weather. Maryland summers are humid, hot, sticky, stormy… I am more of a spring and fall weather kinda girl. That being said, summer really is the best season ever. The days are longer, schedules free up, activities are more active… and my favorite… the food! My garden has been doing really well this year. And just like last year, I want to really expand my planting area in the future. I only did a little expansion this year, mainly because I didn’t want to fork over too much cash money.

I’ve got 10 tomato plants, peas, strawberries, green beans, lettuce, peppers… all sorts of goodies. And what I don’t grow in my garden, I have been really enjoying shopping for at local farmers markets! It’s great to eat local foods and to support small businesses and farmers.

I am so lucky that we have a farmers market ON CAMPUS at the University of Maryland. Every Wednesday I walk over and buy delicious, fresh goodies. This week I bought blueberries, raspberries and tomatoes. Did I mention we also have a sustainable food truck!?! I bought a lamb sandwich and fresh lemonade. It was AMAZING. The vendors sell so much yummy stuff (hormone-free meats, fresh-baked pastries, dipping sauces, fresh eggs…). You name it, you can probably find it there — well, as long as it is in season.

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, Howard County offers a traveling farmers market. I’ve only gone once at the beginning of the season, but it too was a great experience. I bought fresh eggs and some yummy greens. Fresh eggs are amazing. I want my own chickens… too bad my dog would probably play with them to death.

I’ve really gotten into eating fresh, organic produce lately so I am going to interrupt my own post to share some awesome blogs I’ve stumbled upon recently and I love. If you are interested at all in eating organic or less processed foods, check out these three awesome blogs: Food Babe, 100 Days of Real Food & Deliciously Organic. I’ve got a whole organic chicken in our crockpot cooking for dinner tonight using a recipe from 100 Days of Real Food. My step sister also has an impressive blog about eating healthy: Fuel My Family. They are all awesome — check ’em out.

Also, don’t worry. I’m not about to turn this into a health food blog. Just figured I’d share since I started rambling about vegetables today 🙂

OK, back to farmers markets.

The real reason I wanted to write this post was to talk about how Dana, my bff, has started selling her baked goods at a farmers market in Laurel! That’s right, Little King’s Confections will be at the Main Street Farmers Market EVERY THURSDAY! I am so proud of her 🙂

Little Kings

Little Kings Farmers Market

Little Kings Confections

Little Kings Confections Market

OK, ramble almost over. See that logo on Dana’s booth? Yup, I designed it. It was really simple to do in Adobe Illustrator. I used the fonts Lavenderia for “Little King’s” and Code Light for “Confections.” The crown was a free clip art that I swapped from black to white. It is adorable 🙂

 

Little Kings Confections logoo

Happy ramblings & happy Friday!

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Events, Life

The Dalai Lama visits UMD

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at the University of Maryland. He was a charming man who had the most incredible laugh and sense of humor. He spoke peace and about seeing one another as humans first, not as blacks, white, Catholics, Buddhists, Jews, Americans, Tibetans, etc. He also told the audience to always remember that no one wakes up and decides, “Today, I don’t want to be happy.” We are all trying to find what makes us truly happy, and every human being has the right to do so. It was a great experience and I am glad to have had the opportunity to go. How many people can say they’ve seen the Dalai Lama?! (OK, maybe a lot… but it still felt pretty darn special.)

Dalai Lama

It was also great to see His Holiness in a Terps visor — too funny 🙂

Go Terps!

Graphic Design

Swag-tastic

It’s not often that I post about work stuff, but my coworker and I recently created a lot of fun swag for our newest cohort of full-time MBA students. The giveaways are so cute and designed by yours truly, so I just had to share 🙂

John and I created four different T-shirts (purple, green, red and blue), a sweet backpack, and slinky post-it notes! It was so fun designing all of the swag — I hope our MBAs love it all as much as we do.

It’s so awesome to get to be creative at work. Makes me love my job 🙂