Friday, April 29, 2011

A New Era: The La Mesa Farmers Market's Final Week Before Its Move And Prince William Gets Married

We love Baba Foods Hummus!
I try to make it to the La Mesa Farmers Market every couple of weeks. My family is almost unnaturally addicted to hummus from Baba Foods, and so I need to go at least that often in order to replenish our supply. The regular vendor worker--known by my family as "The Hummus Guy"--is always welcoming to me and my kids, calling us only by the name, "The Hummus Family."

My son has gotten so accustomed to the routine of our hummus shopping that he is excited to help pick out the flavors. Today's lot included Roasted Sweet Bell Pepper, Chipotle, Sun Dried Tomato & Basil, and Baba Ghanouj (the close cousin of hummus).

Hummus aside, I was extra intent on making it to the Farmer's Market since today is its farewell week at the current location. While I am not personally affected by the location change (other than having to figure out a new parking routine), I have become aware of the debate over the change in venue thanks to local news coverage including the Patch article, "La Mesa Farmers Market Will Move West of Trolley Tracks in Early May."

I can see value in the different points of view presented in reader comments to the Patch article. On the one hand, I'm excited about the extended hours and the fact that there will be more vendors present at the new location--I can't wait to find out who will be added to the mix. On the other hand, I see the point that La Mesa Village shops will likely lose business. I hate to say it, but it's probably going to be true in my case.

Ready for the Royal Wedding
By my present habits, I park my car and then go through the process of getting my kids out of their car seats and into a stroller and carrier. I then walk a short block to the Farmer's Market, passing by all the Village shops. Depending on the mood of my kids, I will sometimes stop in and buy something at one of the stores. Today, for example, I was sure to stop by All Things Bright and British.

To informally celebrate the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, I thought it would be fun to check out the festivities at this everything-British establishment. As promised in the San Diego Union-Tribune article, "La Mesa shop caught up in the 'I do' hullabaloo," the entrance to the store was appropriately decorated with an arch. There were tables of British snacks out for people to indulge in, despite the fact that the largest crowds had gathered nearly half-a-day earlier to watch the live broadcast of the wedding before sunrise.

By the time we stopped in at the shop, there was only one other customer around: a middle-aged, overly-teased-and-hairsprayed-bleach-blonde woman. This Harley-Davidson-biker-chick-looking woman explained to the clerk that she was in to buy snacks for a "Princess Party," which will involve her friends all dressing like princesses to watch the taped royal wedding. I couldn't help grinning when picturing this woman dressing like a princess of all things.

Got Smarties!
Nevertheless, I decided to join her in celebrating the marriage. I told my son he could pick out some special British candy in honor of the Prince's wedding, and he carefully scoured the candy shelves. In the end, he picked out Smarties, probably because they look to be just like his beloved M&Ms.

As we walked to our car, I tried to explain where Britain is and how their government includes real-life versions of his only fairytale imaginings of kings, queens, princes, and princesses. At four-years-old, he still doesn't grasp the concept of different countries and government systems, but he now knows that while Smarties look similar to M&Ms, he finds them to be quite different. According to him, the British counterpart is "more fruity."

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