June 22, 2008
As a music teacher I work the atypical hours of evenings and weekends, but it works for me. Loving the job really doesn't hurt either:) However, summers mean 3 months off so I take full advantage of these Saturday and Sundays. Don and I went to the Old Strathcona Farmer's Market, a staple here in Edmonton, and the place to get fresh delicious food and local art wares. Laden with hummus, potatoes, eggs, honey, focaccia crust pizza, and other fruit, we went home with basket and bike bag full.
Note that I'm on my regular bike again! Rear fender is still on the rocks but I took it back from the shop while they continue to wait for the part to come in. This bike is just way better for carrying groceries and multiple components (pannier, picnic blanket, shoulder bag, etc). I'm not a huge fan of wearing bike bags. I have a great one and I totally do it on the road bike... but I don't prefer it over just grabbing my purse and looping it onto my handlebars or chucking it on the rear rack.
Unrelated to the farmer's market, but fully related to transporting things by basket, here also is our new doggie in my bike basket on his way to a picnic at the Alberta legislative grounds! He is not a toy dog so he may eventually grow too big for the basket I have presently. For the time being, however, he still fits. Advice to anybody else attempting to do this would be to have the dog in a harness, and lash the leash down tight around the handlebars with little give on the leash. And make sure the dog is sitting and has all his limbs tucked inside.
It can be dangerous for the dog and rider so make sure to practice off a main road first. I also put a little towel to line the basket. It's worth it, though, since he loves to go places with us and he had such a fun time!