We are so incredibly lucky here in this part of the world, to have these grown right here in our back yards, and not shipped all across the country, as they must be in many places. It's one of the reasons we thought this would be a good place to live, and we seem to have chosen well. The first time I saw Bellingham, Washington, was on the Internet, looking for a place to check out along the west coast that might end up being home. We don't see any reason to move on.
I asked these women if I could take a picture of their colorful t-shirts. I didn't have a clue what the "Bellingham Fit" thing was all about, so of course as soon as I got home I went on line and checked it out, since they obviously want everybody to know about their program. Here's a quick quote from the website:
Whether you are a couch-potato, walker, casual jogger, or marathon veteran, this marathon training program is the most enjoyable, most inspiring, and most efficient way to get in the best shape of your life.The program helps anyone get ready to participate in whatever level of fitness they aspire to. Last December I also walked a half-marathon in order to participate in something like this with my family members in Texas. It was organized by Prevention Magazine, but it's the same idea, and it's a good one.
And last (but not least), I visited for awhile with Greg (on the right) who shares coffee with me at our local coffeeshop. He was chatting with Jim who advertises his name on a sign. As a Toter Tutor (try to say THAT three times fast!), Jim helps people to understand how to recycle using the totes behind him. You might not know what goes where, so Jim is there to educate and inform.
The Farmers' Market will stay open until Christmas, and then will re-open with the First Cabbage thrown out in April 2010. As the weather gets colder and the seasonal fruits and veggies get fewer, the Market moves inside instead of mostly outside. But it's there, with people, music, vendors, camaradarie, and a whole lotta smiles almost year-round.