Summers in the Midwest are short and sweet. Earlier this year I created a family bucket list to ensure we made the most out of this short season. Louie is just-about two and Dan has a full schedule of art fairs and showings so we don’t have a lot of free family time on the weekends (and Lou needs his naps!). I feel a bit silly sharing this “bucket” list as so many of the items are summer staples and honestly, not very exciting.
- Explore new state parks.
- Take a road trip to a pizza farm.
- Take Louie to his first Brewer game.
- Storm the Bastille.
- Day trip to the Madison farmers market.
- Visit Dan at his art fairs.
- Celebrate Louie’s golden birthday.
- Go to an outdoor or drive-in movie.
- Create weekend rituals – Saturday, Tosa Farmers Market, Sunday run day.
- Berry picking!
- Beer gardens.
- Music in the park.
- Take an outdoor yoga class.
- Start and finish the kitchen refresh project.
I thought it was funny that “farmers markets” popped up twice. I have yet to make it to Madison’s Farmers Market but we are becoming regulars at the Tosa Farmers Market. Here’s why our family loves it:
- There are treats for the kids (Pete’s Pops!)
- There are treats for us (iced coffee!)
- Power of Produce (PoP) Club – kids ages 5-12 can get $2 in free tokens each Saturday to spend on fruits and veggies. It’s been a great way for Ingrid to learn about new foods, interact directly with adults and it’s surprisingly been a nice introduction to money and purchasing.
- Local eggs – go early because they always sell out.
- Kombucha (and kombucha samples)
- Yoga in the park
- Close to walking trail
- Makers Market – held on the first Saturday of each month. If you stop by, be sure to say hi to my husband (Dan, “the brick guy”).
- Seasonal, local produce! I love being able to talk directly to farmers, bakers and makers. It’s so wonderful to understand and learn about their growing process, and learn how to cook new foods. Last year, I was introduced to sunchokes and fell in love!
Check out the Tosa Farmers Market website to learn more. I’m excited to check out the Honey Making event later this summer (August 19). If nap times align, I’ll see you there!