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post #81 of 127
Anchorage Farmer's Markets......
I will be trying to go tomorrow. How are the wares this year?
post #82 of 127
Thread Starter 
Kinda gardening related:

1) I just picked out a Mountain Ash tree from Green Earth Landworks in Anchorage. They had a moose get to some of their large (12 ft tall) ash trees and I got a hell of deal. Cheaper than a tree half its size. On Friday they had 2 left with some moose damage. I figure a tree with some damage (patched) but twice the size still has a better survival/growth prospect than one 1/2 its size.

2) One of the teachers at my daycare is trying to get a little garden growing, but is working with donations for the plants. She'd like 2 ferns and 2 very small spruce trees. I can get the spruce for about $10 each (2 gallon size). But I'm looking for some cheap ferns. Anybody know of any?

Liza
post #83 of 127
Yeah, I'd like some ferns too! Let me know what you find.

I'm about ready to just dig some up from the woods
post #84 of 127
It is so disheartening to see the produce being sold at the farmers market priced so high! holy heck. I know they need to make a living but I need to be able to afford to fee my family!
I am going to be thrilled if my little garden grows this year. Grow baby grow!
post #85 of 127
Thread Starter 
Farmers Market Budget Strategies: I have a few strategies to keep my food budget sane.

1) Stick to a cash only budget. I found I could easily spend $50 without much effort at all - and that is a crazy amount IMO to spend on produce for a week for 2 adults and a toddler. So I settled on a $30 budget and started going to the market with five $5s and five $1's.
2) Last year I found out that some of the smaller/less organized farmers were more than happy to throw in some extra food to make the total a nice round number with no need to make change. Example: I pick out $8 of produce. Rather than make change, they ask if I want $3-4 worth of something else to make it an even $10 if I had a $10 bill. This particularly worked at the end of the day.
3) I also only keep track of prices week to week to figure out what a good price really is.
4) Some farmers will also give a case discount.
5) Alaska grown in the stores is frequently cheaper. I found Carrs cxarries the most - including tomatoes from Bells. Not organic, but at least picked when nowhere near ripe a week or more before you buy them.

Any other strategies?
post #86 of 127
Thread Starter 
Anybody interested in garden swapping? What's that you ask? Swap your garden's abundance for anothers. I have zucchini, kale, chard and collards - which in some years yield insane amounts. I also have a very large raspberry patch.

When they are ready for harvest, I'd love to swap.

I'm probably a month or more from harvesting (started late) - but just putting the thought out there. I'm all about bartering/swapping etc.

I will also have some local pork coming to me I'd be interested in swapping.
post #87 of 127
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Anybody interested in garden swapping? What's that you ask? Swap your garden's abundance for anothers. I have zucchini, kale, chard and collards - which in some years yield insane amounts. I also have a very large raspberry patch.

When they are ready for harvest, I'd love to swap.

I'm probably a month or more from harvesting (started late) - but just putting the thought out there. I'm all about bartering/swapping etc.

I will also have some local pork coming to me I'd be interested in swapping.
Yes, I'm hoping to have an abundance of goodies in my garden. We have one yellow squash about 4 inches long already! My carrots are sprouting and so are my peas and beans.
We have lots of baby tomatoes and some cucs starting to flower. Oh, this year is looking so much better then last year.

Most of our starts are still pretty small though, I know it's early but When will they grow???
post #88 of 127
40 weeks.. still pregnant.

The raspberries sound yummy though!
post #89 of 127
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40 weeks.. still pregnant.

The raspberries sound yummy though!

I delivered at 40w1d, and on 40w if you'd asked me I'd have sworn I was going to be pg forEVER...then I woke up at 3am in labor and had a baby before breakfasttime It wont be long now!
I have a little purple ruffled soaker all done and lanolized that will be on it's way as soon as it's dry
post #90 of 127
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I delivered at 40w1d, and on 40w if you'd asked me I'd have sworn I was going to be pg forEVER...then I woke up at 3am in labor and had a baby before breakfasttime It wont be long now!
I have a little purple ruffled soaker all done and lanolized that will be on it's way as soon as it's dry
Sounds so cute! I love the stories that have super fast births..
post #91 of 127
Anyone an OT or know an OT that would be willing to work with the infant learning program based in Bethel?
post #92 of 127
My little guy just turned 9 on Father's Day. Waaaaaaaah!

Busy day for us...we have always had no animals, since I am allergic to all dander (asthmatically allergic, not just red eyes and sneezes). But for his birthday, we got him a Mini Rex/Holland Lop bunny, and one for the family as well. Then the 17yo had to have one of her own, so we got one more (from a family friend). So 3 bunnies, all girls, all minis.

Brad took the kids to TStory 3 at the theater...I thought that was brave of him. (PLus, the expense just about kills me). Then the kids' favorite lunch, my friend B and her 4 kids over for cake, ice cream and much playing with bunnies, and THEN I made homemade pizza for dinner (at B's request).

I'm still exhausted!

Pinoikoi, I just know you're going to have that baby soon. I know it doesn't help, but I always remember my last days with my kids and DH "as is" with fondness...adding another one changes the dynamics so, and it's like Christmas morning in a way...once the presents are open the surprises are fewer! I'm so excited for you!!!

Happy birthing to you, Mama!

love, p
post #93 of 127
just hopping in to say HI

no internet at home makes onyx a dull girl....

planing (if weather stays nice) to bird watch @ creamers field this friday after storytime so about noon? if anyone wants to join us. I'll have all four with me so all ages would be fun!
post #94 of 127
so I ran into a nurse that works for Dr. B here in town. She asked how my client was and I mentioned that she was looking to do a Home VBAC. Well, this ladies eyes just about bugged out of her head! She said, 'Wow! That is so risky!". I simply told her is was not as risky as many people make it out to be.
We continued to discuss VBACs and stuff. I was so very good about not sounding like a "know it all". She told me Dr. B. does not like to do VBACs which I found particularly interesting since all the Doulas in town say he is one of the few that WILL do them.
Some how we got around to talking about how big babies require a c-section and I asked her how they know a baby will be big. She said with ultrasounds. So I asked her if they do the U/S in the last trimester and she said they usually only do the one at 20 weeks but if they have twins or GD, they will have more scans. I said "so even though the research shows that ultrasounds done after 20 weeks are inaccurate they still use those to tell how big the baby is?" and she said, "Oh they are quite accurate, and we do recommend a c-section for baby's over 8 pounds"

Anyway, the look on her face was priceless when I told her I have had 5 VBACs and that 3 of those babies were over 8 pounds! (2 were 10 pounds!) and my last VBAC baby was born at home with only my husband there and he was 10lbs 4oz!!
post #95 of 127
My water broke!
post #96 of 127
Congratulations Pinoikoi!! Easy labor vibes and I hope you have a beautiful birth!

We just got word yesterday, we are going to Anchorage, 90 days and we will be there!! My life just became insane.. we have to sell our house, figure out what to do with all of our cars. DH's company only moves 1 and we have 4 (excessive, I know....) Oh, and did I mention we JUST ripped out our kitxhen, so we need to finish our kitchen within the next two weeks so we even have a chance to sell...

But I am so, so excited. we're looking at southern anchorage, eagle river or chugiak. I just hope we get through the next few months without too much stress....
post #97 of 127
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My water broke!
post #98 of 127
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I said "so even though the research shows that ultrasounds done after 20 weeks are inaccurate they still use those to tell how big the baby is?" and she said, "Oh they are quite accurate, and we do recommend a c-section for baby's over 8 pounds"

*headwall*
good thing nobody told my mom, or she might have had 7 c-sections...
post #99 of 127
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My water broke!
Oh boy! Good Luck! and easy Labor Vibes! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
post #100 of 127
Help me come up with a ceremony. It's for my son. He is terribly afraid of bees. He's not allergic. He's only been stung once. Now that we live out of town especially, we have a lot of bees. Not wasps, not yellow jackets, just happy little buzzing bees looking for flowers. I think if I could come up with a good visual/relaxation script for him, it would help. We have done some light hypnotherepy with things before. We always smudge a new house when we have moved, etc. So he is used to this idea. He's 11. I am thinking of going through his feelings when he sees a bee, increased heartrate, adrenaline released into his bloodstream, increased breath rate, and giving him a self talk dialog to reassure himself that it is ok to feel these things, but that he is safe, that the bee doesn't want to hurt him and is only going about his normal daily job. I would like ideas though. I think making it more ceremonial will help make it more successfull.
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