Hub City Farmer’s Market

So glad today is Wednesday because that means the Hub City Farmer’s Market comes to Morgan Square downtown – right near my office.  It only lasts from noon until 2:00  – and you have to get there by like 12:45 or all the nine to fivers taking their hour-long lunch break at noon will snag the best goodies.  I got there a little early today to make sure I had first dibs.  Whoa am I glad I did because there was some goooood stuff.  First, I stopped by the Great Harvest Bread Company tent.

Great Harvest Bread Company samples....perfect lunchtime app...

They are located on Woodruff Rd. in Greenville, SC.  I looked them up online when I got back and really want to make a trip up there to tour the bakery.  I learned that they stone mill their own whole wheat flour from spring wheat every morning, use it to make the dough for their breads, and serve it fresh from scratch everyday – with no preservatives.  Wow.  I tasted a couple of samples and immediately knew I was getting 2 loaves.  One for me, and one to take to a friend in Charleston this weekend as a little “thank you” gift for hosting me.  I got the “high 5 fiber,” which has 5g of fiber per slice. 

"High 5 Fiber" - Fresh Ground 100% Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Honey, Flax Seeds, Millet, Oat Bran, Sunflower Seeds, Wheat Bran, Yeast, Salt, Egg Wash

I am seriously going back every Wednesday.  I can’t get over how good whole wheat fresh bread is…I don’t think I’ve ever had bread that fresh and perfect before.  It is 100x better than the bread I’m used to…nature’s own has been replaced.  Oh, and he told me that you aren’t supposed to store bread in the fridge, but in that plastic bag you see in the pic.  And you can’t put it in that until it’s completely cooled – 2 hrs after purchasing.  It stays fresh for 7-10 days and to reheat you can either stick it in the oven on 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or toast it.  He recommended toasting it and putting peanut butter on it.  Um, you know how much I love nut-butters so you better believe that’s going to be on the menu in the near future…

Then I sampled this puppy – the “blueberry cream cheese swirl” – and knew I had to share it with friends.  Voila!  The perfect thank you gift on a budget.

oh my perfect sweetness...

He mentioned that it made really good french toast…Saturday morning breakfast?  Yes, please.  Looks like I’ll be eating my “thank you for hosting me” gift again

I also picked up a few veggies.  I didn’t want to get too many because I’m leaving Thursday after work for Charleston, but I could have…everything looked so fresh and amazing at each tent.  I had a hard time settling, but ended up going to this one:

I didn't get the name of the farm, but those tomatoes looked perfect.

Picked up an eggplant,

gorgeous eggplant...perfect with such a rich deep purple color

a tomato,

fresh tomato from Hub City Farmer's Market

and 2 small cucumbers.

I made a smoked gouda sandwich with my new bread and tomato when I got home from work today.

High 5 Fiber bread, smoked gouda, fresh local tomato

I broiled the sandwich in the oven on high for 4 minutes, 2 minutes on each side.

"grilled" cheese with tomato

I didn’t even need to use any condiments because it was so good.  The tomato was super juicy and the cheese added a fabulous smokey flavor to go along with the perfectly toasted bread.  I added some fresh cracked pepper before I devoured my version of an amazing grilled cheese sandwich. 

Successful trip to the Hub City Farmer’s Wednesday Market!

Why was 6 afraid of 7?

Breakfast

Breakfast this morning was a lazy one, but I woke up late and still wanted to have time to watch GMA…I’ll sacrifice eggs for Robin Roberts.  I knew I was going to an early lunch with the g-ma (she likes to beat the crowd), so I knew I didn’t have to stuff myself, but knew I had to eat something that would hold me over for about 3 hours.  So I decided on TFM’s Live Leaner 9-whole grain cereal with blueberries, banana slices and unsweetened almond milk.

I love fresh fruit in cereal...especially low sugar/low sodium cereal

Lunch

We went to a restaurant in Spartanburg called II Samuels for lunch.  I got one of the specials which was grilled chicken and hearts of palm on mixed greens with balsamic on the side.  It was really good…exactly what I wanted for lunch.  I will review the place later.  My grandmother’s priest was actually with us, so I felt a bit awkward asking him if I could take a photo of his food…might be a little intrusive, I don’t know…

II Samuels Tuesday salad special

Workout

I did a new treadmill interval today before power yoga.  I was planning on doing a 35 minute workout, but I ended up having to cut it short or I would be late for yoga.  I’ll call it a ladder interval because I increased the speed from 7-8-9 every other minute – running on 6 in between – then did the ladder again, but starting back at 7 rather than going 9-8-7 and added 2 sprints between minutes 23 and 26 at a 10 speed.  So, “why was 6 afraid of 7?”  “Because seven ate nine.” hahaha.  Don’t be scerd of the 7 just because you know you’ll have to go to 9 in a few minutes.  You’ll live…I always tell myself, “I can do this, it’s only 1 minute out of my entire day” and that actually works for me…

the "seven ate nine" ladder interval

The results:

seven ate nine results

I went to dinner tonight with my dad and then attempted to bake a caramel cake when I got home…can’t wait to share that one with you…it’s a beauty let me tell ya.  Let’s just say, it’s the reason that I’m awake at 12:45am on a Tuesday night and it has nothing to do with the sugar…toots!