Secondhand Sundays @ The Roanoke Market

Hello there VA Bloggers, and friends, my name is Bekuh and I blog over at Secondhand Sundays. Secondhand Sundays is my personal blog that showcases my love of vintage, food, crafts, and the great outdoors. I live in the southwest corner of Virginia with my husband Ryan and our pup named Nellie. I’m here today to share a little bit about our recent adventures at the historic Roanoke farmer’s market. It’s important to Roanokers that you add the word historic before farmer’s market whenever you mention the downtown area, just a little tip if you ever visit, wink wink.

Ryan and I are committed local shoppers and a huge portion of our monthly food budget goes towards locally sourced fruits and veggies. For a lot of people, my family included, this seems like a crazy budgetary decision considering we’re newlyweds with more than a few student loans to pay off, but it doesn’t have to be expensive to live this way. Farmer’s markets do have pricier booths, and organic can get outrageous quick, but with a little effort and menu planning you can find great deals on real produce. A bonus, you get to spend a morning with the one you love picking out all the goodies.

We love to go to the markets early when the booths are still being set-up and the crowds are sparse (this was right after the freak storm so the crowds were even more tame last week). We scope out what looks good, and what vendors carry items we’re anxious to look at, and then we get coffee or some goodies to eat while we plan our attack.

Now I’m not saying we don’t make some rash decisions on what to buy based on looks, like those carrots above. We had no plans to buy carrots but I couldn’t resist snatching up a bunch and they made a delicious addition to our grilling that night. You also have to remember to browse all of the stands for a good deal, the tomatoes below were beautiful but we ended up finding the same gorgeous tomatoes for $1.50 a pound just a few stalls down.

Farmer’s Markets are also a great source for floral and fauna and I love checking out the flower stalls both growing, and cut for bouquets. It usually inspires me to go home and redesign our centerpieces, or buy a bunch of flowers for our bedside table. They had giant succulents for $7 and I found it really hard to resist such a great deal.

Buying in bunches seems to be the best method for saving money at the markets; containers full of potatoes, or cucumbers that they sell at a discount. You can usually tell when something is hitting it’s peak season because they have bunches and bunches of it at every stall. I’ve also been told you can haggle with the stall vendors, though they’re mostly older farmers and I feel terrible asking them to make things cheaper. Their sweet old faces always melt my heart.

We left the market with a container of cucumbers, potatoes, three tomatoes, a basket of peaches, and a bunch of carrots having only spent $14. Take that Walmart and Kroger, I kick your chemical and pesticide covered veggies in the face. I hope I’ve inspired you to visit your local farmer’s market and try out the delicious foods that live there. I promise you won’t be disappointed by the quality or the price. You are what you eat, at least that’s what I’ve always been told.

big kiss,

bekuh

Thursday Feature: Blogger Blitz

Hi VA Bloggers! I’m Eliza + I’m the voice behind Case Study, a blog about my life as a newlywed + soon-to-be grad student. I talk about being married, post little bits of inspiration, and share stories and pictures to document the seasons of my life. You’ll find gluten-free recipes, giveaways, and some fashion inspiration as well as a new series about taking care of yourself that debuted this month! I hope you’ll stop by and say hello :)
I’m pretty confident that if you read my blog, you also read Alison’s blog. Because really, who doesn’t keep up with Long Distance Loving? I’ve been reading Alison’s blog for over a year now + finally got to meet her in person at Blogger Blitz DC Sunday night! She’s just as sweet + charismatic in person as I had expected and I think the blitz was a major success. :)
I met up with Kate for a quick metro ride into the city, enjoyed meeting several beautiful bloggers that I’ve “known” for quite some time including Alison + Megan + Jenna, and spent two fun hours chatting with so many new-to-me bloggers like Erika + Natalie + Jayme + Mendi + Cara + Emily. Two hours of drinks + great conversation passed quickly and now that I’m settled at home I’m excited to go through the blogger directory and explore new blogs!
One last thank you to Alison for hosting a fabulous blogger blitz!! :)

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My friend Emily introduced me to this drink months ago and they’ve been a weekend staple in our house ever since 😉 I hope you pin this recipe, make this drink, and come back to tell me how good they were!!
Beergaritas are cold + refreshing + perfect for summer. A salted glass + lime wedges would really jazz this drink up :) Make up a pitcher + stick it in the fridge – they’re best icy cold!

Thursday Feature: Blogger Blitz

Hi VA Bloggers! I’m Eliza + I’m the voice behind Case Study, a blog about my life as a newlywed + soon-to-be grad student. I talk about being married, post little bits of inspiration, and share stories and pictures to document the seasons of my life. You’ll find gluten-free recipes, giveaways, and some fashion inspiration as well as a new series about taking care of yourself that debuted this month! I hope you’ll stop by and say hello :)
I’m pretty confident that if you read my blog, you also read Alison’s blog. Because really, who doesn’t keep up with Long Distance Loving? I’ve been reading Alison’s blog for over a year now + finally got to meet her in person at Blogger Blitz DC Sunday night! She’s just as sweet + charismatic in person as I had expected and I think the blitz was a major success. :)
I met up with Kate for a quick metro ride into the city, enjoyed meeting several beautiful bloggers that I’ve “known” for quite some time including Alison + Megan + Jenna, and spent two fun hours chatting with so many new-to-me bloggers like Erika + Natalie + Jayme + Mendi + Cara + Emily. Two hours of drinks + great conversation passed quickly and now that I’m settled at home I’m excited to go through the blogger directory and explore new blogs!
One last thank you to Alison for hosting a fabulous blogger blitz!! :)

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My friend Emily introduced me to this drink months ago and they’ve been a weekend staple in our house ever since 😉 I hope you pin this recipe, make this drink, and come back to tell me how good they were!!
Beergaritas are cold + refreshing + perfect for summer. A salted glass + lime wedges would really jazz this drink up :) Make up a pitcher + stick it in the fridge – they’re best icy cold!

Make it Naked: Recipe Round Up

Hi I’m Krissy from Make it Naked where I share my love for good, naked, gluten-free food. I haven’t always been gluten free, just over a year now, but it’s become my new way of life and let me tell you, it tastes good! The 4th of July is upon us, so I thought I’d share a few great recipes for the holiday. Let (gluten) freedom ring.

#RVAVegFest

Saturday afternoon was the 10th annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival, which was created specifically for people like Sarah and Me. Just kidding. But seriously. I went last year and the year before (pretty much as long as I’ve lived in Richmond) and this year was the best year, yet! There were tons of vendors and samples galore! It’s also awesome to be at a festival where you don’t have to ask “is there meat in that?”

A few of my favorites:

Kabab Grille was absolutely amazing. They were recently voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” by the Richmond Besties, and wow, did the earn it! I had a zucchini dish, with veggie rice, and it was seriously delicious. I can’t wait to go visit the actual restaurant. Maybe a future VAis4Bloggers meet up?

The picture really doesn’t do it justice. It was seriously delicious.

I also enjoyed the samples from Health Starts Here, (aka Whole Foods). The red quinoa salad was good, and the garlicky kale was awesome. They were giving out coupons for free tahini dressing (which is a blend of water, garlic, nutritional yeast, tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and liquid aminos), so I can’t wait to enjoy more kale! Normally, I just use kale for kale chips or green smoothies. This opens up a whole new world of veggie munching!

Tahini dressing + Kale = side dish, done.

I’m definitely going to keep this in mind, next time I find my self in need of a fast side dish. It was tasty and easy!

Lindsay and Sarah got some of the vegan gelalto, which they graciously let me taste, and it was quite delicious!

It was a great way to cool off in the 90+ degree temperature!

We also got to sample a bunch of Simply Bar flavors. They’re currently only sold online (in the U.S.) but they are considering coming to Richmond… so hopefully they sold lots of samples at the festival! I really liked the cinnamon pecan flavor!

Throughout the afternoon, I met Robin, ran into Brian, and unfortunately missed Lauren  and Brittany!

Did anyone else get to check out the festival this weekend?

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