Getting into the spirit at the Farmer’s Market

I wouldn’t normally have thought of buying groceries as a spiritually uplifting activity, but this one was!

I’ve always appreciated the farmers on the outskirts of the cities I’ve lived in. I’m so glad they raise grass-fed meat and chickens, and bring it to the indoor farmer’s market.

But like an immense enclosed grocery store, any conversation was short, with a quick transaction then rush rush rush, time to move on.

Well, I guess sometimes you don’t even know what you’re missing until you get out of your comfort zone and jump into another culture!

This duck even came along!

Aside from being colorful, which always lifts my spirits, this “grocery shopping” trip felt like a community gathering, full of conversation, laughter, family, and nature.

(This puppy stole the show!)

I could thank each one personally as I admired their homemade food and talents.

Paying more attention to the spiritual side of life

When I bought a jar of completely sugar-free apple butter at a small booth, I also chatted with a woman about her family. As we talked I could imagine their challenges in tending the apple trees, collecting and coring the apples, canning them and loading heavy boxes of glass jars into the back of a truck.

Needless to say, I was more than delighted to pay her family, and help them keep growing their business!

Watch and listen here for the full effect!

Her grandson took part in the process, too. He was relaxed, keeping Grandma company in the hot sun, lining up the jars neatly on the table, and giving customer his smiling thanks.

I think one reason I enjoyed such a simple visit to a farmer’s market is because it satisfied me spiritually.

According to some, we all have spiritual needs, such as the need to have meaning and direction, and the need to belong to community. Good spiritual habits can also include things like walking in nature, gardening, creating art, and listening to music.

I had experienced–in myself or in the vendors–almost every one of the above, in just about an hour.

That simple experience inspires me to pay more attention to the spiritual side of life. It doesn’t come naturally to me, I admit. But it’s worth working on.

Here is a short, simple paragraph that talks about our physical and spiritual needs.

What about you?

I’m sure I’m not the only one discovering this truth. I’d love to hear your stories!


It is spring time in my new home! A pleasant warmth is filling the air and fresh colors are emerging from the hibernating plants, all a couple months earlier than I’ve what I’ve been used to for the past few decades. And I finally have a weeping willow!

The daffodils preempted all others in their impatience to usher in spring, and the scent of wild chives surrounds me on all sides of the walking path.

Ah, the relief of spring!

This year I am experiencing more kinds of relief than just the climate: the relief of feeling settled after a major move, expectant, and full of faith for guidance into the future.

As an example, I have gone from this…

…to this:

By the way, in case you haven’t already seen them, here are some more photos from my new area, taken over the holidays. I think they convey some of the down-to-earth warmth I so enjoy here!

It’s a transition time for me, and one of the ways I try to make sense of what’s going on in life is to write down my experiences.

Most of the time I analyze first, then write. But I am having trouble analyzing what’s been going on recently, so I think I’ll write first (and wait for the analysis to show up later on its own!).

I’m calling this set of ponderings “The 14th Hole”, named after my usual walking path through a golf course (which is highly conducive to pondering!).

I invite you to join me in taking a look at the transitions in our lives, and hope you’ll feel free to share your own thoughts and experiences, too!

As always, I am thrilled to get in touch with you, and the “Leave a Reply” comments section below is a great way to comment and contact me.

Here’s wishing you a vibrant springtime, regardless of what climate you live in!

Photo credits:

Daffodils creative commons image from PxHere

Wild chives creative commons image from the Rogersville Review

Apartment mailboxes creative commons image from

14th hole sign creative commons image from Wikimedia

[Weeping willow tree and mailbox images are photos by me]