Tuesday, April 22, 2008

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!

On Saturday my mom, sister, and I went to a farmers market in a park next to the Earth Day Fair. This was my mom’s and my first trip to the market without my dad, so it was sort of bittersweet. It was an all day event, but we started early at the market, then made our way through the fair. Here are a few pictures of the highlights.




As you can see, it was a beautiful day for an Earth Day Fair. (My mom and sister are on the right.) There were many booths with energy saving guides and gadgets, and many repurposed items, e.g., feed bags made into shopping bags and XXL men’s shirts made into women’s shirts. ("Repurposed" is my new favorite word. I'm a word nerd like Chocolate Covered Vegan.)




I don’t know why the bike with wings was there, but it was just lovely!




This was the solar powered stage for the live music.


This was my favorite thing at the fair.


A giant solar powered oven!




It’s called "The Villager" because it can feed a village in an hour.



Click on the picture so you can read the sign to see what this baby can do.




I bought myself a looseleaf tea maker and some wonderful locally made Zhi Tea.



Sample teas too. If you're a tea lover, you really should take a look at the Zhi Tea website to see all the wonderful flavors they offer.



I also got tons of sample Clif bars, including flavors I have never before encountered, including Cool Mint Chocolate. I brought home broccoli and sunflower sprouts from the market and my mom took home onions, tomatoes, and lots of salad greens. I also bought a locally made Lemon Currant Granola for my mom and me to share. I had never tasted nor ever even seen Lemon Granola and it was delicious! As I was eating some chopped apples sprinkled with the delicious granola, I grabbed the bag to check the ingredients because I was thinking I need to make up a batch of this stuff myself. Rolled oats, zante currants, lemon extract, butter…..

Who puts butter in granola!!?!!??

In honor of Earth Day today, I made myself a Green Tea Smoothie after a grueling session with my trainer.


Green Tea Smoothie
serves 2

¼ cup green tea, cooled (I used a wonderful Acai Green Tea)
1 cup fresh strawberries
½ medium banana
1 T. agave nectar
lots of ice cubes

Blend all together until smooth and enjoy!

18 comments:

romina said...

That is the neatest oven I've ever seen!

Emmie said...

That oven sounds great. And the tea and the different bars seem awesome.

That smoothie looks fabulous. I bought some strawberries today so I might try and make it at work for me and the woman I care for, she's a smoothie fan too. Also I think a green tea smoothie will be great after our hot and sour asian soup tonight.

VeggieGirl said...

Happy belated Earth Day, Diann!! Looks and sounds like you celebrated the best, most delicious way possible!!

vegan addict said...

those teas sound really lovely! i will have to check their website, because i don't drink coffee, and i love tea!

butter in granola?! craziness all around! lemon currant surely is the perfect combination.

glad you enjoyed some earth day celebrations!!!!

The Good Eatah said...

I'm so jealous! It'll be months until the farmer's markets start around here. Yours looks like so much fun!

I love the smoothie recipe; I'll definately be making it soon. Yum!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Looks like fun! Thanks for the smoothie recipe :)

pleasantly plump vegan said...

looks like a great day. that butterfly bike looks so cool!
i so wanted a smoothie today but didn't have any frozen bananas (which is the only way I like to make smoothies).

Edie said...

Awesome oven! Sounds like you, your sister and mom had a great day. Cool tea pot -- does it come with both pieces?

b36Kitchen said...

the smoothie looks so refreshing!

Holler said...

Sounds like you had a good day! That oven was something else, wow!

Sam said...

What a nice way to spend the day! I love that smoothie!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

“Repurposed”—great word! My favorite car game is something my dad and I made up, called “Who Knows More Words”. We try to stump each other with our extensive vocabularies :o).

Your Earth Day sounds much more fun than mine, which was spent in close proximity to my computer and philosophy books.

bean_mix said...

ZOMG that butterfly bike WINS

Urban Vegan said...

I have GOT to ge tto Austin. What a great fair.

I'm becoming an herbal tea fanatic, now that I'm working at home.

The Voracious Vegan said...

Your smoothie is awesome! Just the thing I need on a 90 degree day like today! Mmmmmm! Thanks for the inspiration!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Looks like a great way to spend Earth Day! Can you believe a big city like Houston didn't have a dingle E-day festival? Crazy....

bazu said...

the idea of green tea in a smoothie sounds perfect.

happy belated earth day! well, not belated, since I know you live earth day every day!

Dr.Gray said...

Something like this would probably also work well with that smoothie recipe - smoothie matcha.