On Saturday, I took a journey to Rittenhouse for the weekly farmers market. It has been awhile since I’ve been to center city just for the heck of it. Since taking some time off from my barista job, I haven’t had much reason or time too. I’ve always passed by this farmers market but have never gotten around to stopping and walking the entire length. I made a point to work the market into my schedule this week.
I intended to purchase beautiful and fresh veggies for a vegetarian soup I have been itching to attempt. I had the recipe on my phone and all. Unfortunately like every shopaholic, I get caught up in all the other incredible purchases that were calling my name. By the time I left the market, I had purchased Apple butter, 2 vegan brownies, “home-made” root beer and orange mini tomatoes. Notice a pattern? I’m probably the only person who can attend a farmers market and still manage to not buy healthy.
It ended up being the perfect fall day to stroll through a market and the park. I hope I can start making this market a part of my weekly routine because there is something really relaxing about it. Everyone seems really happy and the market had a much more social aspect to it then typical grocery shopping. A lot of the vendors were incredibly cheerful and engaged in truly pleasant conversation. The colorful and unique food is also a plus. To me, nothing is more city like and wholesome than buying produce local.
After the market I decided to stroll through the park and do some people watching. I realized how little I spend my time outside. Even when I do I never have the time to stop, pause and appreciate what is around me. In the park, I came across so many interesting scenes and people. There was a street performer juggling and doing tricks in the center of the park while kids applauded around him. A gorgeous bride and her bridesmaids were getting wedding photos done by the small tower in the park. And like every city park we have your classic “bird lady” feeding mobs of pigeons around her.
Philadelphia has so much to offer. It becomes so easy to live life constantly on the move from one ambition to the next. But it is also really important to stop, take the time to refuel and find inspiration. Hopefully these photos remind you that you can find happiness right around the corner if you’re looking.