Now that's just a great country Farmer's Market sign!
This morning I decided I needed to get out of the house for a bit and took off to our local Farmer's Market. I love the Farmer's Market. It is just one of my favorite Saturday morning ventures; always full of colors, smells, and great people to talk to.
Before I get into the amazing coffee story, I want to share the various home-grown and handmade items I saw today.
I took the pictures with my cell phone so they are not too good.
After a brief snapshot of the market, then comes the amazing coffee story I want to share. It's about a couple of women I met today, their coffee roasting company and their mission to help empower women in other countries run their own coffee farms, which in turn supports their families and their communities!
Sights from today's outing:
Cherries are in season here...YUMMY!
|Yummy Bing Cherries!|
|Delicious Ranier Cherries too!|
Local grown veggies of course:
Fresh made breads:
My absolute favorite, locally grown and harvested, organic olive oil by Winterhill. I keep at least four flavors on hand at all times along with a bottle of their imported balsamic vinegar.
|BTW: Winterhill ships all over! Check out their site...|
Winterhill is owned & operated by a wonderful Italian family!
Salami and olives!
Some local honey with that tea?
And everyone definitely needs a colorful basket to carry all these goodies,
and a sun hat.
Now for some other handmade goodies:
Goat milk soap!
And don't forget the something for your closet!
Shirts, purses and accessories in colorful summer cotton!
Now here is the REAL STORY of the day:
A local COFFEE ROASTING company caught my eye!!!! Have I said I LOVE COFFEE? Then to see a LOCAL roaster...can you say "Oh yeah!".
|Here is Mery and Hannah holding up one of the pillowcase dresses|
that Hannah is going to take to Nicaragua next week.
El Dorado Coffee & Tea Company is a local coffee roaster, now that is very good and I will definitely support them. But the story gets even BETTER!
El Dorado Coffee & Tea Company had a dream "to promote coffee grown and nurtured by women" and out of this dream came Project2Love thanks to Hannah's mom Rene and Mery Santos (above).
Hannah (pictured above) will be heading to Nicaragua next week to visit the small coffee farms that they purchase their beans from. This young women, along with several friends, will be bringing 60 (maybe more, I forget the number as I was getting a little teary-eyed) dresses made from pillowcases by the Made With Lots Of Love project.
Hannah has a blog, Project2Love.blogspot.com where she explains the dream that created this project, the Mission, her upcoming trip and all about the significance of the pillowcase dresses.
These little dresses help fight human trafficking and keep little girls wearing them safe!
If possible, take a moment to visit:
and Follow Hannah at Project2Love.blogspot.com.
I am continually amazed at the ripple effect one person, or in this case a couple women, can make when they follow a dream. Here is a company not concerned about profit but working towards empowering women to be able to care for their families while building their communities and really making a difference in the world.
I tried the coffee and the hibiscus tea too! Excellent coffee and I think I am going to take up drinking hibiscus tea! There were other flavors also but I was too busy talking to these incredible women. And of course I just had to buy a bag of beans. I got the House blend...oh so good!
|Is that cool or what! It has the Roast Date, handwritten even!!!!|
What a wonderful Saturday morning!