Saturday, July 18, 2009

Local, Organic, and Affordable Finds

It's a cloudy but hot and humid Saturday afternoon over here and I just came back from the grocery. Again, I have overstocked on fruits and veggies. Haha! Bananas, avocados, papaya, and peach. Plus, the fridge is now filled with over a dozen different veggies; I am so excited. I'm so pathetic to be excited over fruits and veggies but you understand, right? :P Best purchase of the day were these okra, eggplant, and cucumbers. I bought them at a roadside stand. These stands are unmanned and follow the honesty system. The buyer pays by simply dropping the coins in a marked box. Do you have any of these stands where you live?

{5 cucumbers, 6 eggplant, 18(!) okra}

Would you believe all of those fresh, local, and organic beauties above cost 200 Yen (less than $2)?! Insane, right? A couple weeks ago, I got the freshest beans from the same stand. They were so young I ate some of them raw. If any of you have okra recipes, please share them with me. Thanks!

Aside from veggies, my 8 mile run last night was also something to be excited about. It's the longest distance so far for me and I took it slow and easy, enjoying a light drizzle. It was my most relaxing run ever. Today's a rest day and later I'll be biking over to Rea's. I'll be sleeping over at her place so we can have an early Sunday morning run around the lake. Who is this person I've become? Getting excited over fresh produce and arranging sleep overs to fit in a morning run! It is amazing how being healthy can both be a priority and a source of enjoyment at the same time. It is not a chore but a choice.

What fun and healthy things did you do this week? I was glad to have joined Angharad's Optimum Sleep Challenge and slept well this week. Thank you. Have a great weekend!


  1. wow, those produce stands sound so wonderful. i can't imagine having something like that here!

    congrats on the run! that's such an achievement. i agree completely about health being a priority because it's enjoyable - i don't think i could place so much emphasis on something that i didn't love!

    okra is really good chopped and stewed with tomatoes, onions, and white beans. or just eaten raw! :)

  2. I LOVE getting fresh produce!! SO exciting for me :-)

    I have to say I wasn't terribly excited about going running when I woke up this morning because I wanted to SLEEP! But, now that I've been up for a bit and got some food in me, I can't wait!

    Good job on the 8-miler, sounds like you are progressing fabulously with your training!

  3. Oh my God, less than $2? Wow! That's freaking darn awesome! And no such thing as overstocking on fruits and veggies! ;-)

  4. wow that is a great price for your veggies! Love local farmers :D

  5. That produce looks AMAZING! Yay for the 8 miler :)

  6. Congrats on the 8-mile run!

    Isn't it funny how enjoyable running and eating healthy foods can become? I love fitting in a good, solid run and a good night's sleep always makes it 10 times more enjoyable. I'm loving this sleep challenge because it really does make a huge difference!!

    Have a great weekend! :)

  7. Thanks for telling us about the sleep challenge. Sleep is so important but sometimes so hard to get when you have so many other things to do. I always make sleep a priority but if I don't do things like reading in bed, starting early etc sometimes I still don't fall asleep.