The Great Park and The Farmer’s Market

Last week was the first farmer’s market held at The Orange County Great Park.  My friend, Kristin, was selling her cupcakes at the farmer’s market, so I headed over there.  We bought some fruit, ate some food from local food trucks, and came out with delicious cupcakes from Kristin.  Angry Kid had a great time and asked to go back again this week.

It was supposed to rain today, and the clouds were hovering over the horizon.  My mom was over at my house, and kept saying it was going to rain and that we should not head to the farmer’s market.  I told her that the kid needed to run around and get some of his energy out.

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Last week we came home with some great apples.  My son took one of the apples in his school snack each day of the week.  Today, he declared that apples were “sooo October” and that he did not need apples today.  We ended up getting some juicy strawberries and a cantaloupe.

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I rarely buy flowers because I am always running around and don’t want to leave them in the car for a prolonged period.  I knew that we were going home after this, so I purchased a bundle of flowers.  Seriously, $5 for a bundle of awesome flowers, was an amazing price.  Plus, I loved the Fall November colors.

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Angry Kid took a little ride on the carousel.  He’s pretty good at them. He hopped right on and buckled himself in.  Because of his age and height, I also had to ride it.  I chose to stand, and got a little dizzy.  I learned a little thing for the future; do not try and take photographs while standing on a moving carousel.

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While standing on the platform for the carousel, I photographed the Great Park Balloon.  This balloon soars up to 400 feet in the air, and can hold up to 25 to 30 passengers.  I think that this balloon is awesome to photograph, but I think I will keep my feet firmly planted on the ground.  Angry Kid kept asking questions about it, but I may have changed the subject.

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Angry Kid immediately ran for Kids Rock after his exited the carousel.  Kids Rock is a shaded area with climbing rocks, picnic tables, with a recycled rubber floor.  He got a little frustrated at first when he tried to climb the rocks.  I showed him that there were different levels on the rocks, and that he needed to find the perfect spot, according to his height.  Obviously, he managed his way to the top of this rock, announcing, “I’m taller than you mama”.

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Angry Kid told my mom that he wanted to go to the “garden” or better known as the Farm & Food Lab.  He loves seeing how everything grows.  I have a feeling that we may be planting some type of garden next year.  I just need to figure out how to keep our dogs from eating what we plant.

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Oh look food trucks! Where did these come from? Maybe, momma may have guided The Angry Kid towards the Tropical Shave Ice truck.  I have heard a ton of great things about this company, and seriously, authentic shaved ice, who can refuse that?

The Angry White mini rapper type kid really liked the shaved ice, of the rainbow variation.  I may have had my own treat.  I am officially a Farmer’s Market addict, and I will try and go every week if I can.

17 comments
Martha
Martha

Hi Angry Julie, I have to make an ad for the OCGP Farmers Market for my design class. I would love to get your permission to use the image of the onions & potatoes in my project. Thanks!

Bethany
Bethany

Oh that's awesome you can still have outdoor farmers markets! That balloon is the coolest thing, I'd love to ride in a hot air balloon one of these days :)

Megan
Megan

that rock thing is way too cool. my boys would be in HEAVEN. too bad our area is too lame for things like that! but we do LOVE farmers market! there is one within easy driving distance almost every day of the week up here. We are SO lucky!

jann lenzer
jann lenzer

I love a good farmers market but the ones here in OKC are tiny and quite frankly not that well priced

Casey
Casey

I am a huge fan of Farmer's Markets. I love getting fresh produce and even more so, supporting local business. Kids have fun, too! I think I saw that balloon (or one like it) near the San Diego Wild Animal Park on our way inland to Julien, CA a few weeks ago. Interesting.

Carla
Carla

I love a good farmers market. Looks like such fun with tons of goodies.

Jennifer K
Jennifer K

I can tell you from personal experience that the Big Orange Balloon is TERRIFYING. Seriously, I have never been more scared in all of my life. There is some mesh material that comes up from the mid-section height railing to shield you from falling overboard. NOT my cup of tea!

Mama Bub
Mama Bub

Are the food trucks there ALL the time? I might have to make the trip just for that, and the cupcakes of course!

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation

We go to the Farmer's Market up here in Nor Cal ALL OF THE TIME. One of the many reasons why I love living in CA! My fav pic is the shaved ice pic with Angry Kid's hood on. Too cool.

liz
liz

Living in a super awesome part of the country means getting to do things like this ALL year!

Cheryl
Cheryl

I'm SOOO jealous! I'm in Ohio & it is 38degrees today. Our farmer's markets ended a few weeks back & they ran out of fresh fruit ages ago...I think I drooled on the keyboard just reading about strawberries & cantaloupe (the cantaloupe I bought at the FM here was GROSS!)

Tractor Mom
Tractor Mom

Now that is a Farmer's Market! All we have around here is people selling out of the back of their trucks! I'd be addicited too...

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I love them too. My son loves eating the fruit from them. I think I'm going to try and go to one at least once a week to get my produce now. Although, I will choose different flowers. My husband says that our house smells like weeds...

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Terrifying is not a good thing. I will stay far far far away from it then.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

It has been only two weekends, but I think the food trucks plan to be there every week.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

It is true. We usually have decent weather, so we have things like this in CA.