public market day

I wrote a couple days ago about farmer’s markets and how they’re awesome for so many reasons. But today I’ll write about the most epic farmer’s market in town: the Rochester Public Market.


It’s one of my favorite places in the city for several reasons.

1. Cheap produce
2. Mostly local foods in addition to produce like baked goods, syrups, honey, meat, yogurt, cheese, nuts, flowers
3. Great food and coffee
4. Fun environment
5. It’s colorful — especially colorful and pretty in the Fall pre-Halloween. Definitely my favorite time to go.






I make an effort to go nearly every Saturday morning even if I don't get much. In general I enjoy buying a lot of my produce from other, smaller farmer's markets because it's usually even cheaper, and it's guaranteed local. The Public Market also focuses heavily on local foods, but there's plenty of imported goods -- they're usually easy to spot, and they're still cheaper than your standard grocery store!

Today I got
Pineapple (obviously not local) $2
4-5 medium sweet potatoes $2
5 lemons $1
2 cucumbers $1

Since it's prime Apple season, I usually get those but I got a bunch on Thursday at the farmer's market so I was all set!



Today I noticed a new Donut stand. They looked and smelled amazing.




Plus, there's an abundance of coffee/bakery stands and shops.



Later in the day I treated myself to the holiday 2013 Starbucks Buy One, Get One Free Deal.

Starbucks BOGO

I got an iced Skinny Peppermint Mocha with 2 pumps of peppermint and 2 pumps of mocha. Normally they put 4 pumps of each flavor in a Grande! WAY too much for me so I cut it in half. I think it tastes great still.

Because it was BOGO, the Barista was nice enough to make one iced for me now and one (without ice) for later.



cameo apples at the market

Nothing better than a good farmer’s market.


Kind of random, but the farmer’s market near work is in the parking lot of a shopping mall. It’s every Thursday, but ends next week for the season. It was a little spare today vendor-wise, but I went looking for a good deal on some local, fresh apples. And, of course, it was a success.


During apple season my go-to are Honeycrisp. They’re crunchy, crispy and sweet. Plus, we’re from Apple land, and our apples are huge. Today I didn’t see any deals on Honeycrisp so I asked a woman working a farm table what she recommended. She suggested Cameo, which I had never heard of. She even let me try a piece and it was crispier than Honeycrisp and just as sweet. SOLD. Plus, look at that price.


Another go-to of mine is stuffed peppers for an easy, high-protein and filling meal. Normally I’ll use quoina, black beans and some fat-free/skim cheese. Last night, when I prepped, I didn’t make quinoa so I only had black beans and cheese stuffed in my pepper to warm up today at work. It was still delicious and to supplement I made a Kale salad with Blueberry Pomegranate dressing, 1/3 cup walnut halves and a sprinkle of fat-free Feta.


Workout today
My body felt tired and sore today at the gym but I tried to make it through a weight-lifting session the best I could.

Bench press 45lb bar 4×8 with bench dips between sets
Incline bench press 45lb bar 2×5
Cable bicep curl 4×8-10
Hammer curl 3×8
Shoulder dumb bell shrug 3×8-10
Dumb bell single-leg deadlift 3×5-8 I swear these are the hardest thing for me to do but I always feel it in my hamstrings and lower back. I can balance fine on my left food but can barely do 2 in a row on my right!