What To Wear To The Farmer's Market

Week Two - #dtfm @DowntownDesMoinesFarmersMarket

This Saturday it was cold out there! Lots of folks looked uncomfortable and underdressed - myself included. I do not like for the hallows of my ears to be cold, and being without a toboggan makes me plug my ears and this is a pretty antisocial gesture!

So, I unofficially award this gal below “Best Dressed for the Day!” She was totally appropriately dressed, confident and you could see her smile all down fourth street!   

This beautiful family has just weathered their first winter in Iowa after moving from the just-south-of-San Francisco-area… They love it here, but are really stoked for some warmer weather! …

I love this classy combo below. They look great together. Patrick and I have seen this man a few times before and every-single-time I love his outfits! The turtleneck/blazer/belt/jeans are awesome and we have mentioned to Joe Terry in the past that he would look great in something like this… 


This family was so great as they were just hanging out enjoying time together, and they probably stayed warm enough as three were exercising the energy of 6 to keep up with the littlest two!

See you next week!

-Love Ash


selfies with dylan featuring cody bear and brad westcott.

filmed over the past year, me and dylan would send these back and forth to keep each other psyched.

i was almost about to start belting out “unbreak my heart” (when rivs goes for the high notes) and then i realized that it was 10:47pm and everyone is asleep and they probably wouldn’t want to start crying as a reaction to my godly, unmatched voice crisis averted


Made in Italy for Bloomingdale’s - A fun find at last Saturday’s Downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market! #dtfm

Patrick and I found this little gem for $8. In true farmer’s market fashion, we were told to check our reflection in the vendor’s van windows to see if we liked it - Great idea! My favorite part was the unique down-turned brim.

Out of curiosity, I looked to see if Bloomingdale’s still has a private label brand… It appears they do, but I cannot find any hats. There are nice vintage results available online if you search: “made in italy for bloomingdale’s hat”

The vendor was closest to the Train Depot on 4th Street, but I do not know the name? I’m gonna look a little closer tomorrow for any other surprise finds!

-Love Ash

Cage free eggs versus pasture-fed eggs

We’ve been buying “cage-free” eggs for a few years. Three bucks a carton from Hy-Vee and…I get to feel slightly better about my eggs. Thanks, Marketing Department somewhere! 

But I knew that “cage-free” label meant squat. Those chickens just have slightly bigger cages and still aren’t eating what they’re supposed to be eating. How to I know?These “cage-free” eggs are also labeled vegetarian-fed. Here’s the problem:

Chickens aren’t vegetarians.

It’s a fact. Here’s a source!

So it seems pretty weird that I would want to buy eggs from vegetarian-fed birds, right?  

The fact is, the eggs we eat SHOULD be more orange than yellow. There’s some color-modding in these photos – just like all my photos – but that orange is legit. And look at the bottom-right photo: do you see how thick and delicious these yolks are? 

Mass-produced eggs aren’t orange; they’re a pale, sad yellow. They aren’t orange because that hue comes from chickens who eat a good, mixed diet of roots and shoots and grains and BUGS. Bugs, people. They’re birds – they loves their bugs. 

Read more about it on Chow, and then go to your Farmers’ Market tomorrow and buy some fucking real eggs. 


It’s four AM and I’m listening to paper boys on their rounds while I eat chocolate cake, and along comes Sputnik, who points out in the comments:


13 minutes ago

It’s not really true that only free ranging chickens eating a mixed natural diet will have strongly yellow yolks. The yellow color of the yolk is directly related of the amount of carotenoids in the hen’s food ie the more yellow the yolks, the more carotenoids. Although carotenoids are found naturally fresh vegetables, they are also added to the chicken feed in the form of a supplement called canthaxanthin or citranaxanthin. 

So yolk colour can be manipulated quite easily by the farmer to match consumer preference. I worked mass producing battery egg farm where the chickens produced dark yellow yolks because they were supplemented with caratenoids (a viscous orange oil that came from china in enormous 1000L drums).

I totally agree with eating locally grown, free range eggs from chickens that live happy lives and eat a natural diet, but you can’t tell by looking at yolk color or thickness (which is a function of freshness).

And that is all true.

Which is why I said: 

That is absolutely true – and is the text of the article on Chow I linked. BUT. This was what changed my mind about where to buy my eggs because I have NEVER seen orange yolks in a grocery. Again, orange yolks /=/ definitely healthier eggs; I have gotten many cartons from trusted Farmers Market vendors with far more yellow-y yolks. I, me, personally? I use that orange color as a canary in the mine and a reminder that I should work to get as much More Natural food as I can.

But Sputnik raises a valid point. This is important information, and perhaps I shouldn’t have skimmed over it by merely providing a link. 

Went to sleep with meditation music last night…#dtfm Can’t believe that it worked so magical😇having a good sleep is a gift for yourself …good morning :)


My best man crushing a drive at the hardest hole on the course. #slightdraw #dtfm #srixon #journeytobetter