What a beautiful weekend in Charlotte! My father-in-law/Grandpa Dufresne is staying at our house for several days. The last time that he saw his granddaughter was when she was just 10 days old. Needless to say, she has grown up ALOT since then. I am so happy that they get some quality time together over the next several days (with this weather, I think that they will be spending a lot of time sitting in the rockers on the front porch).
With Grandpa Dufresne in town, that gave me some time to pick up some things at the farmers market Saturday morning. I was not the only one! It was packed as early as 9AM. I cannot reiterate enough how much more fresh and cheaper the food is at your farmers market compared to the grocery store. Not to mention, it just feels better shopping for this type of food in its element – outdoors.
I get a lot of stuff at the farmers market, but I would say there are two things that I buy almost weekly that are unbelievably cheaper than the grocery store – watermelon and raspberries. Seedless, whole watermelon (and I’m talking HUGE) $5.99. Organic raspberries, only $2.99 (I have seen non-organic raspberries at the grocery store at upwards of $5.99 a piece!) It is hard to force yourself to make an extra trip somewhere just to get fruit and vegetables, but most farmers markets are in pretty central locations (like the one that we go to). You really don’t know what you are missing until you check one out.
Saturday farmers market was followed by #SuarezSaturday. As I mentioned in last week’s post, we love a good donut on the weekend. Since my workouts on Saturday are in the afternoon, I can’t resist a little donut and coffee after a good nights sleep! (compliments of Suarez Bakery in Park Road Shopping Center)
So, I have hit food and family, now it is time to talk about how friends and Flywheel fit into my weekend. We are fortunate enough to live on a street in which homeowners have a great sense of camaraderie. There are also close to thirty kids between the ages of a few months old to teenagers. We typically have a block party on our street for Halloween, but this year we decided to have a spring kickoff block party with a pre-Flywheel ride. What? Yes, Flywheel before the block party!
One amazing thing about Flywheel is that the studio will host “private” rides with your favorite instructor. Think pre-wedding, sorority, class reunion, anything! Just ask. They even do this for FlyBarre. After a good sweat, we all headed home to get changed before the block party. Through a very easy process, the City of Charlotte will allow neighbors to close down a section of the street to make it easier for kids and parents to navigate while a party is going on.
Lucky for us, we were also able to secure Roots Farm Food food truck to provide our meals for the evening. If you haven’t heard of Roots Farm Food, the chefs use all fresh, locally prepared ingredients. Everything is reasonably priced and delicious. I had the North Carolina flounder tacos with peach pico de gallo and rice. Delicious, and right at $10.
With the food truck operating on a closed street, it took the pressure off of neighbors to cook. It also allowed kids to roam free without worrying about traffic. Nothing better than working out with your neighbors and then enjoying a cold drink and good, local food.