Living with Steve is the best. Better than I could have imagined. Besides our general happiness to be in each other’s company for most of the time, life is just easier with two people. Especially when those two people are on the same team.
One of the many highlights is eating. Meals are a breeze. The prepping, cooking, and cleaning take so much less time and are so much more enjoyable. We also rarely waste any food, which I’ve always tried to be cognizant of, but it’s hard to avoid when living alone.
We find a nearby farmer’s market – only 1.8 miles away – and drive there together. On the car ride, Steve admits, with what seems like a bit of shame, that he’s never been to the farmers market.
I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise. I think back to the time we were talking on the phone, and he told me he had to be up in time because the market opens at 9am.
Oh, you’re going to the farmers market?
There’s a pause on the other end before he chuckles. No. Not that market.
(Steve was referring to the stock market. Obviously.) Oh! Right, yes, I knew that. Totally.
So Steve has the stock market and I have the farmers market. That just makes this trip all the more exciting! We pull up and are impressed by what we see. It’s an adorable outside market with so many flowers, vegetables, fruits, and homemade treats. Everything is protected under tents. Steve and I make our way around the tables of food and check things off our list as we go. “Should we get some fruit?”
No, they’re too expensive. Darya always mentions that. (I start referring to Darya Rose, creator of Summer Tomato and the Foodist podcast, as if she’s our friend and we’re on a first name basis.) That’s the misconception about farmers markets. People always think they’re too expensive because they’re buying their fruit there, but the fruit is always going to be pricey. That’s why you just buy your vegetables here.
Steve doesn’t understand how I’m always quoting Darya and telling him things he doesn’t know when he listens to all her episodes, too (he’s the one who introduced me to the podcast). But he agrees we don’t need any fruit (we just bought some delicious dried mangos and cherries from Trader Joes, anyway).
We make our way to one of the friendly cashiers and put our items on the scale, one by one. We have two heads of broccoli, one red onion, one yellow onion, one red bell pepper, one yellow bell pepper, one large cucumber, one basket of grape tomatoes, one bag of carrots, one bag of romaine, and one bag of spinach. I look at Steve in anticipation as I wait for the cashier to tell us how much we owe.
I am not disappointed. Steve’s mouth literally hangs open when he hears $11.38. Yup, that’s basically one dollar per item. For amazing, fresh, local produce! You can’t beat it!
Steve looks over at me. “Wow! That’s incredible.”
God, I love him.