This week Alisa’s weekly travel theme asks everyone to share what comes to mind when they think of the word “simplify“. After a day of thinking about how we’ve tried to simplify one aspect of our busy days I settled on our food choices and a photo of this pretty yellow truck at Horse Drawn Farm on Lopez Island.
Every week I purchase our fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets, I buy meat and poultry from a family run butcher shop and our friendly milkman delivers fresh dairy products all in an effort to make healthy meals that taste great while reducing the amount of additives and preservatives in our food. As a bonus, this change in our shopping habits has actually reduced our weekly food costs as we aren’t paying middle man mark-ups on many of the higher ticket items usually found in grocery stores. I make a habit of shopping local whenever possible and on Lopez we found several farms that sell fresh meat and produce directly from small markets in their barns. Visitors simply select what they want to purchase, write the items and prices on a list and leave money in a basket on the counter. This trip to Horse Drawn Farm included some fantastic pork chops, fresh greens, carrots and sweet peas for the table. We BBQ’d a wonderful, healthy meal on the deck and sat down to eat at sunset celebrating another fun family trip in the San Juan Islands.