Our Saturday's are getting more and more enjoyable as we visits different Markets.
Last week we visited the Jefferson County Farmers Market. Located in Uptown Port Townsend Washington. We found ourselves visiting this peaceful coastal town on the perfect day. The weather was fairly cloudy with only slight sprinkles or rain making their appearance a few times during our adventure.
Port Townsend is located just a ferry ride away from us. We arrived at the Market about and hour and a half after it officially started. Earlier that week when we realized we would not be able to arrive any sooner we were a little bummed. We enjoyed being able to see the Coupeville Market come to life and were a little sad that we would not be able to do the same for the Port Townsend Market. We were however amazed at what we were seeing once we found parking of course. There were people walking around in every direction carrying market bags filled to the bring with fresh veggies and handcrafted arts. It was not just our eyes that were treated with the wonderful sight of a busy Saturday Market. Our ears could hear people talking and laughing about different products, local news, and the weather. Our noses however I feel had the best experience. As soon as we step out of our car and headed towards the first booths. We were greeted with the delicious smells of coffee, backed pastures, breads, and fresh clean air. While we though that we might be missing out by being a little late. We were humbly surprised to find that it was just a exciting to walk into a happily running Market to one that is just awakening.
There was so much going on, that we decided a walk through of the entire Market was in order. We wanted to glance into every booth to see what was going on. Our walk through took us by venders selling bonsai trees, organic cider, lavender lotions ,and lamb. I even saw some fresh quail eggs! There were also fresh farm eggs, plants straight form the garden. The Market also held many booths containing cheese. Wonderful and amazing different types and styles of delicious cheese. We may have even stopped by each both to try all of their samples. That is why I am positive in saying they were delicious.
By the time we were ready to do our second walk through of the Market. We were ready to start putting things in our beautifully large Market bag. We did come to the Market with a mission to find a cheese that would be perfect in a ravioli. After trying so many different cheeses and meeting each of the wonderful venders from each both. We ended up getting three different types to experiment with.
We also went ahead a picked up a bottle of Cider. We also picked up a bottle of Pear Wine with Apple Brandy from the same vender. It was really delicious and made me very excited to make food that I can incorporate it with. The Saturday Market located in Port Townsend is a little bigger and busier than the Coupeville Saturday Market. All of the venders were very friendly. However the two women that handcrafted the Cider and Pear Wine were the only two that we felt took the time to really explain their product to us. We thought this was very helpful in our purchasing decision.
Another product that we picked up was a beaded necklace. The women who makes them told us she handcrafts them out of colorfully decorated wrapping paper. I had no idea that she made them out of paper until she stood up and started to talk to us about her product. She like the two venders who sold us the Cider and Wine was also extremely friendly and helpful. This is the very reason why I love attending Saturday Markets I find it fun and fascinating to meet and to talk to people on a more personal level. I love connecting with people who make the products that I am purchasing.
On our walk out of the Market we notice a band playing music on a stage at one end of the Market. At the other end was a man playing his guitar and singing. We even noticed that when the guitarist was finished with his set. He set up a tight rope a few yards away in the park next door. All in all we loved our trip and will most likely visit again sometime later.
Happy Monday Everyone!
As many of you know we started an adventure Friday on our Instagram account. I am enjoying the adventure, but please bear with me. Sometimes I get caught up in the fun and forget to capture the moment with a photo. I love to just live in the moment and while I do. I still do appreciate the moments I did remember to capture to look back on and remember the fun times I have had with my family.
Recently I have noticed that there tends to be some misconception of what it means to adventure. The basic meaning of the word and even its most complex definition is really up to you. Even though the word dose have a set definition and obvious activities that qualify. At the end of the day it is you who decides what it means and what activities qualify as an adventure. For me adventure is moving out of my comfort zone. Seeing the world around me and experiencing all that it has to offer. Adventure involves letting myself experience something new, silly, crazy, or even introducing something I love with someone I love. Adventure more or less for me is a feeling more than an activity. It is the feeling of wonderment, excitement, curiosity, and pure happiness.
Below I have complied a list of the 7 most common misconceptions about adventure.
Adventures do not just have to happen in exotic places. Nor do you need to be in such a place to have an adventure. While you can have wonderful and amazing adventure in places like Thailand or Brazil. They and other exotic countries do not solely hold the rights for you to have an adventure. Your next adventure might just be within driving distance from where your at right now. It could even be a bike ride away.
*Explore a local park*
Any adventures can be expensive if you want. However not every adventure has to have you spending big bucks. Having a picnic in the park with friends can be an adventure. Even a walk through town can be an adventure. Activities like this can/are referred to using the term Mini-Adventures.
Adventures Require Vacation Time
Mini-Adventures are still true adventures. They are the activities that are not included in your ordinary or normal day. For example stopping for Ice Cream at your local Ice Cream shop can be an adventure. Even heading out for a nature walk can be an adventure.
*Spend a day touring a neighboring town*
You Have to go With Friends
Adventures are always fun when friends are included, but you can adventure on your own. Spending time with yourself is always good for the soul and sometimes it is necessary in order to keep your sanity. So don't think that just because you are by yourself that means you can't adventure or that hat you are doing is not an adventure.
You Have To Travel Far From Home
Adventure is always waiting right outside your door. You don't have to travel far to have an adventure. Try being a tourist in your own hometown. Visit local landmarks, museums, or even ride our bike around town.
Adventures Can't Happen Everyday
I remember Everyday Adventures being pretty big a few years ago. I'm not too sure if it still is, but I do suggest that everyone try it at least for a week. This is the perfect way to encourage Mini-Adventures. It also helps to boost your creative side because you get to create your own adventure everyday. All you have to keep in mind is that it is an activity outside of your regular daily schedule.
It's A Mental Thing
Adventures are all about how you look at life. It is not only about what kind of activities qualify, but about the feelings that capture you when your are doing it. If riding your bike on a windy day gives you the sense of wonderment or exhilaration. Then you my friend are on an adventure. Even if you find yourself riding you bike a few days a week. This still counts because of the way you feel when your are riding. The key to having an adventure is all about how you see yourself in that moment. It is about how you feel. An adventure is not just an activity if is a frame of mind that you can have any where at any time and with anyone. Adventure can be in your backyard at 6 AM, in a restaurant at 2PM, or at the beach at 12 AM. Adventure is always in reach. You just have to be willing to grab it.
Go ahead and grab yourself an Adventure this week and make sure to share it with us on any of our social media platforms. We love hearing for all of you especially when it involves and Adventure.
Summer Saturday Markets have started to pop up all across the Pacific Northwest
I for one am extremely excited to pull out my Market bag and begin exploring all the goodies that Washingtonians produce. The best thing about a Saturday Market for me is getting to meet different farmers and small business leaders. I also find the welcoming and festive atmosphere that always surrounds a Saturday Market a huge bonus.
This year we have decided to do a short series on the different Saturday Markets around us. We thought it would be the perfect way to explore, enjoy the weather, meet new people/business, and to share our experiences with you.
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Coupeville Washington is one of my favorite places. The area is lovely and the community is always welcoming/friendly to everyone that walks its streets. Seeing that we do not live that far away we arrived a few minutes early. Which means we were privileged to see the opening of the Market. After each vender was asked if they were ready. A shout was yelled across the field informing people that the Market was now open. It was fun to be apart of this moment. Especially since we have been to this market a few times over the years and have never experienced this.
One of our favorite stands is comprised of a man who makes some of the best Kettle Corn we have ever had. The scent of the freshly made Kettle Corn fills the air as everyone intently awaits for the open announcement to be made. In the first few moments there is a calm excitement that fills both the venders and its patrons. The vender must be excited to show case their works and the patrons are excited to restock on their beloved goodies and to find new interesting items.
Coupeville Saturday Market is located behind the Coupeville Public Library. This is great news if you are a book lover, because Saturday Market means Library Book Sales. So if you are out in Coupeville for the weekend and find yourself missing a good read. Then the Coupeville Public Library might just be the stop for you.
The venders are very welcoming and at ease with themselves as well as with their products. The first both we came to was a vender who sells wool toys for puppies. She kindly explained to us why their are great for growing puppies and how easy they are to clean when they get a bit too dirty. We however did not purchase one because both our dogs are old and are quite picky when it comes to toys.
As we continued to visit each both. We came across a man who was selling Cherry Chocolate Tomatoes plants. I had no idea such a tomatoes existed, but we found it intriguing enough to purchases ourselves one. Hopefully in about 70 days I will know what a Cherry Chocolate Tomato tastes like. I actually ended up purchasing two types of tomato's from this vender. The second was a Gold Metal Tomato. However the best part about this market stand was not that I was introduced to different tomato plants . It happened about 10 minutes after we left his stand. He saw us walking past his market again and offered tips on how to help grow out tomato plants. He kindly let us know that in this area the wind it the worst thing for the plants and informed us on how to protect them. Not only did we pick up two really cool tomato plants, but we also got the added bonus of helpful and friendly gardening tips.
Just a both or so down the line. We came across a vender who makes handmade jewelry. All of his pieces were wonderful pieces and unique. Perfect for everyday. As we looked through his creations. He asked us about our weekend plans and told us his inspiration behind the design of some of his rings. He have made several rings where he combined Silver, Copper, and Brass into a almost braided like pattern. He told us that he came up with the idea to combine all of the metals in one ring. So that one would not have so much trouble trying to match the metals with their other jewelry. He wanted his rings to simply go with anything or to outstandingly stand alone on your hand. I for one relate to this problem and love his idea for the solution. So I ended up buying two. The man was even kind enough to give us a $5 discount.
As we reared the end of the Market line up. We encountered a family that was selling homemade Dog Treats. They had so many different options and they were all very wallet friendly. Since my dogs don't do well in public. I picked up a few different types for them to try. We grabbed 3 $1 bags, Peanut Butter Cookie, Pumpkin Cookie, and a ??. My two dogs love them and they are pretty picky almost annoyingly so. I did forget to see how many cam in a bag. However we purchased them almost a week ago and my two dogs are still set for another few days..
While the Coupeville Saturday Market is comprised of maybe 15-20 venders. The intamtae atmosphere that makes it all the more worth going to. Their is a calm vibe that infects everyone. Making people want to stop and talk about their different products and provide fun backstory or insight. That they might not get to share at a bigger Market.
The last Stand we visited held our Find Of The Day. This magical and delicious product is Carmel Goat Milk Cajeta. The Caramel is amazing in both taste and in texture. We purchased an Original Flavor and a Hazelnut Flavor. Both are mouth watering good.
I put some in my coffee one evening. Never before would I have thought to add Caramel to my normal in house drip coffee. However the addition of the Carmel took my tastes buds on a wonderful vacation that might turn into a permanent destination for me. I even drizzled some of it on Vanilla Bean ice cream and was astonished. When my mouth exploded with wonderment on how good these two seeming simple foods mesh so perfectly together.
All In All our Morning at the Coupeville Saturday Market was perfect. We meet some wonderful and amazing new venders and found a few new favorites. We are headed up to the Port Townsend Farmers Market soon! Which I am very excited for. Check back in to read our article of our experience there. Make sure to follow us on all of our other Social Medias to keep -up-to- date on all the things we find ourselves getting up to.
It's Our Birthday This Month.
Thavin & Marcob is officially a year old.
Over this past year I have had so much fun growing this company.
Being able to turn an idea into something tangible is a worthwhile adventure.
The support we receive from you is amazing and always leaves me speechless.
I thought that for our 1st Birthday we would celebrate the people that have given us so much with an amazing Birthday Sale in our Boutique.
I also thought it would be fitting if I share all of the knowledge that I have absorb over the past year in regard to running my own business.
Being prepared is the number one key of running Thavin & Marcob or any business for that matter. At first I was really relaxed and took things nice and slow. This quickly turned into a lesson. Preparing for just the everyday of a business is very important and truly does allow things to run smother when it comes to the day to day operations.
Learning how to be prepared also taught me how to be flexible. Being flexible or in my case learning to be flexible allowed me to relieve huge amounts of daily stress.
Patience is a must when starting up anything new. People don't know who you are so they will not be breaking down the door the meet you. Take the time to introduce yourself to people. Allow yourself the time to grow a relationship with your customers.
Let trust grow naturally, don't force it.
Setting goals for yourself is a must. Set goals help me to prioritize different things that need to be accomplished within a certain time frame. Goals also however help me to carry out a balanced family and work life.
Thavin & Marcob forced me out of my comfort zone.
Just by paying for a business licenses gave me the sense of freedom and accomplishment. It also brought on feelings of excitement and fear. I was fearful of failure and of making mistakes The fear I felt lead to doubt. I wasn't sure if I was capable of achieving my dreams. by just deciding to let go of my fears and to just jump in. I realized that this job I amazing and perfect for me. I love every minute of it even when the going gets tuff. The feeling of freedom and knowing that I am chasing my dreams. Is something that I find hard to describe in words. It is crazy to think that all I had to do to achieve such happiness was to simply let go of all the fear that were holding me down.
Going With My Gut
Letting go of my fears opened new doors for me.
It abled me to welcome faith within myself. It also helped me to find the confidence to follow my gut. I stopped second guessing myself and make decisions that I wanted, felt right, and that would breed success.
All in All I am happy to say we made it through our first year.
We are still growing and always learning, even through mistakes.
When it comes down to it I am thankful for everyone out there who is supporting us.
I have a deep running passion for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
As I have grown older and my tastes have expanded to more than just cheddar cheese.
My Grilled Cheese recipes have taken a surprising turn for the better.
Just by adding a few gourmet ingredients. You can transform a beloved classic like Grilled Cheese into something of pure wonderment.
With a little experimenting and imagination here are a few recipes
that I can up with to turn a regular Grilled Cheese into a Gourmet Grilled Cheese.
Our ingredients consisted of;
Fresh Portabella Mushrooms
Sundried Tomato & Basil Cheese
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Alfredo Sauce (not pictured)
Your choice of bread.
(We use Whole Wheat)
Each of us at Thavin & Marcob try a different combination of the ingredients listed above.
Here are the sandwiches that we created.
Sundried Tomato & Basil Grilled Cheese
Sundried tomato & basil cheese
Our tester gave this a 4 out of 5
Thavin & Marcob is a place where you are celebrated for being you!