Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has certainly furthered my fantastical dreams of having my own homestead one day, yet with our house up for sale, our fantastical farm will have to wait :). Our veggie garden is quaint, yet hardly a massive operation to feed four people. So, my latest mission is this: I must go into hunter/gatherer mode and shop for as many fresh veggies and humanely raised meats from as many local farms as possible.
A few short years ago if I had done this, we would have starved or been sick from vitamin deficiencies as you could count the number of local farmer's markets on two fingers. Our town is changing, and now there are numerous farmer's markets that fill this city over various days of the week. Many of the markets are spread across town, but the miles are minuscule compared to the thousands of miles grocery foods travel to our stores.
The closest market I visit is 3 miles from my house on Saturdays. I was thrilled to go this past weekend to find it much busier than usual, and nearly sold out!! And to my pleasant surprise, a brand new vendor has arrived--our first local yarn and fiber vendor named Heidi, along with a couple of her goats (who seemed a bit overwhelmed) from her farm!! AND she has homeschool programs where the kids have hands-on learning classes on gardening and caring for llamas, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits!!! She also has fiber workshops on wet felting, needle felting, and fiber dying!! I AM SO EXCITED!!