I’ve been wanting to check out the local farmer’s markets in the area for awhile. One of them is on Thursday, and I saw a farmer’s market in the nearby city of Everett that takes place in a park on the Everett Waterfront on Sundays. It turns out that it also takes place on Wednesdays, but I wasn’t familiar with the location of market on that day. The Farmer’s Markets around here opened in the last couple of weeks, and I’ve been wanting to check them out. The last couple of weekends I haven’t felt well enough to go though, which has been frustrating for me. But, yesterday I felt okay, so we went to the Farmer’s Market in Everett.
It really was great. There was designated parking around the market, which is in contrast to other that I’ve gone to where you have to drive around downtown areas in order to find parking to get to them. The parking was pay parking, but it was only two dollars and then a short walk to the Farmer’s Market. The market itself was right on the water, and there was a paved path along the water that I didn’t know about (we’ve been near this particular park but hadn’t gone to it yet). We’d already gone on a walk though so we decided not to explore the path too much. The Farmer’s Market was filled with all sorts of different booths that contained fresh fruit, fresh meat, jewelry, craft, and organic beauty and bath products that contained a lot of lavender.
We also had lunch while we were there, and it was very good. David and I had street tacos that were gluten free. I had three different kinds: carnitas, carne asada, and chorizo. They were so flavorful, though, that it took me awhile to eat them and soak up the flavors. We listened to live music while we ate lunch.
There was also a booth that contained vegan and gluten free ice cream, and was tree nut free as well (except for coconut). This was very exciting for me because I am gluten intolerant and allergic milk, eggs, and some tree nuts like almonds and cashews. So David and I split two scoops of peanut butter chocolate and mint chip ice cream. It was a lot of fun!
The most exciting booth for me, though, was one for an organization called Old Dog Haven. I had heard of Old Dog Haven before, but didn’t know the specifics of the organization. It turns out that older dogs who are deemed to not be adoptable are placed into permanent foster homes, where the organization will help to pay for vet bills and the foster parents care for the dog. Much of the time, this is an end-of-life or hospice situation.
This opportunity actually sounded perfect to both David and I. Because of our cats’ health conditions, particularly their struggles with cancer, we have learned how to care for elderly, sick, and even dying animals. We also are learning how to handle this type of care giving emotionally and mentally. And, I’ve been wanting to get a dog for awhile but was worried about my capacity to walk one on a regular basis due to my physical health issues. But these dogs from Old Dog Haven generally need a lot of rest and are not able to walk every day anyways.
We are going to go to a fundraising event that Old Dog Haven is putting on in July where the dogs who need fosters are showcased. I’m really looking forward to it, and David and I are thinking seriously about whether this is something that we would like to do. We need to also consider whether the cats could adapt to an older dog, which is a pretty big unknown.
I’m really glad, then, that we were able to get out and go to the Farmer’s Market. I feel like it was a success. And, it’s really interesting how sometimes possibilities just fall into my lap.
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