Last week we went to the Pike Place Farmer’s Market.
In Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling he says to be wary of going on field trips for field trips sake. He emphasizes that your children will learn more and better if it’s something they or you are interested in, or if it’s necessary to go.
(I’m still working my way through the book, but it is not quite as inspiring as I found Learning All the Time to be. This is because some of the anecdotes are the same and Teach Your Own is less John Holt and more just letters from parents to his Growing Without Schooling magazine. )
Well we had to go to the Farmer’s market at Pike Place for two reasons:
1. That is where Bavarian Meats, the only German store and deli that I am aware of in this area is located.
2. We needed to buy some local honey.
Also as a bonus reason, we were out of fruit at home.
The boys both enjoyed the trip.
We parked at the Target because it is free if you spend at least $20 at Target, and we needed towels and underwear for Daddy.
Then we walked one block and found ourselves at the market. First stop was the honey, which was quick and easy.
Next, we threaded our way through the crowds (even on a weekday morning) to the other end of the market to find the German store. We stocked up on wieners, Knackwurst, and Bratwurst, and pretzel bread. I also got some Grießbrei pudding mix.
The ladies at the store are super sweet and they gave each of my boys a wiener, and then I received a smoked sausage as well.
Then we walked by the Beechers cheese shop where you can watch them making cheese in large tubs. Mr 3. was fascinated with this and we watched for quite a while.
Then we pushed our way back to one of the fruit markets and purchased some beautiful blueberries, raspberries, and a bunch of bananas. The boys were still hungry after the sausage so we went to the waterfront viewing area to eat some of the bananas. The viewing area was really just 4 windows that looked past highway 99 to the water. The boys enjoyed watching the cars and trucks on the highway.
We finished up our trip by going back to Target. At this point Mr. 1 fell asleep in the stroller and Mr. 3 got really grumpy. When I was paying he refused to walk forward and wandered away toward the cereal. He then caused a scene when I insisted he listen and get in the stroller, resulting in my losing my place in line and forcing him into the stroller. 5 minutes later he was asleep in the car.
I let them sleep in the car, and when they woke up I made quesadillas and let them enjoy the berries. A colorful market lunch.
Overall it was a fun time, and we will go again in a few months for more German food.