There’s no parenting handbook on what to do as a mother during a pandemic. None. The last time we had to deal with this was 1918, and baby advice from that time included bathing your child in lard, training them all to be right handed, and putting your baby in a large shoe if you were tempted to hold them too much.
It’s a hard pass on all of those for us.
That leaves a lot of mothers, like us, struggling to balance sanity, germs and figuring out how to not go crazy while also not getting the coronavirus.
For my little family, we decided that low-traffic, outdoor events were the best if I wore a mask and used a baby carrier with the hood up for my 7-month-old. On top of that, we would practice social distancing, hand washing, and everything else we could think of. It’s a fine line, a balance between complete and total isolation for the next few months and losing our ever-loving minds.
The answer, we decided, lies in farmers’ markets. They’re perfect for meeting all our criteria, and as a bonus, we get healthier food to cook.
Here’s a list of area farmers markets, along with a few recommendations on what to get while you’re there:
When: Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: 175 Monroe Road, Meridianville
What to buy: cheesecake bites and Amish friendship bread
When: Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 1262 Winchester Road
What to buy: bacon crumble cinnamon rolls, elderberry syrup
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday
Where: 5020 Adventist Blvd. NW
When: Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 pm.
Where: 208 Eustis Ave SE
Where: 104 Strong Circle
If you know of any other farmers’ markets or outdoor events, send an email to [email protected].