Renata Bryant at Pike Place Market

Meet Renata Bryant. During the week, she’s a preschool teacher at Launch in Seattle. It’s a nonprofit oriented towards affordable childcare. On the weekends, she works at Farmers’ Markets, selling flowers for Alm Hill Gardens.

“I appreciate the exchange or intermingling of different folks, but also I really love bartering and trading. Markets are absolutely an important fixture in communities. It doesn’t get anymore local than that but in cities like Seattle with so many people moving in on a weekly basis its easy to feel a sense of loss when it comes to community but in a space like the market folk are not only there to do business but to keep the spirit of the city alive in a very provincial way. There’s a lot of ‘Hi, how are ya!’ with the intention of continuing conversation not just in passing or in a weird obligatory way. Folks look out for each other in a way that you don’t see in all of Seattle.” -Renata Bryant

Pike Place Market opened in 1907. Tourists love it due to its photogenic and exciting nature. The booths are lined with gorgeous flower bundles and fresh produce, fish mongers sling fish over the heads of customers, and it sits perched above the shores of Elliot Bay. The cobblestone streets, quaint architecture, and handmade goods almost entirely convince you that you’ve traveled back in time. Pike Place is the oldest continuously operated public Farmers’ Market, after all.

Renata Bryant at Pike Place Market / Crafted in CarharttRenata Bryant at Pike Place Market / Crafted in Carhartt

Alm Hill is a great farm, owned by rad folk, and I recommend everyone stop by a booth at the Pikes, U District, West Seattle, or Ballard Market next season.” -Renata Bryant

If you’d like to spend your weekends as a vendor amidst all the excitement of a Farmers’ Market,

“Go to the ones in your neighborhood and check out what the space looks like. Some markets are in grocery store parking lots and some are on closed off streets, and the environment around the market definitely influences the vibe. While there are always staple vendors (produce, flowers, tamales or food trucks), there are also unique vendors who come in to different markets. Get really comfortable walking shoes.” -Renata Bryant

DIY: Cacti and Succulents Stacked Planters

Gardening in Carhartt, Crafted in Carhartt

Gardening in Carhartt, Crafted in Carhartt

Gardening in Carhartt, Crafted in Carhartt

Gardening in Carhartt, Crafted in Carhartt

Gardening in Carhartt, Crafted in Carhartt

Gardening in Carhartt, Crafted in Carhartt

Gardening in Carhartt, Crafted in Carhartt

Gardening in Carhartt, Crafted in Carhartt

Gardening in Carhartt, Crafted in Carhartt
To all those followers with a green thumb (and people like me who aspire to have one), we have the perfect gardening top for you. The Carhartt Force Crewneck is a dream shirt for hard work, especially when you’re outdoors. Its stain resistant, sweat wicking, and odor fighting material is on your side every step of the way. You can get elbow deep and dirt without a worry, all while keeping cool and comfortable. I put Carhartt Force to the test today while I planted a cacti and succulent arrangement. Try this DIY and email me your result. I’d love to see your version.

check out some of my favorite work wear: Carhartt Force Crewneck, 1989 Slim Double Front Dungaree, and Wellington Boot

Rain, Rain, It’s Okay

Seattle rain and Carhartt

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Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle is a great city. There’s so much to see and do. Seattle is also known for grey skies and lots of rainy days. It’s best to leave the house everyday prepared for the typical weather. A local told me that they can spot tourists a mile away by the tale-tale sign of the umbrellas they carry. Apparently people who live in Seattle gave up on umbrellas a long time ago. It’s easier for them to simply wear waterproof clothing. This brings me to the jacket I wore around the wonderfully wet city last week. Carhartt’s Cascade Jacket for women is the best rain jacket that I’ve ever owned. Trust me, water isn’t going to touch you in that thing. The Dura-Dry breathable fabric keeps you warm without making you sweat like crazy, the hood detaches, there are a ton of pockets, and there are cords and straps on the hood and sleeves so you can adjust it to your liking.

Courtney of Red Oak Farm

Red Oak Farms and Carhartt

Red Oak Farms and Carhartt

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Red Oak Farms and Carhartt

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Red Oak Farms and Carhartt

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Eating organic foods and shopping locally is good for body and soul. Red Oak Farm in Stuyvesant, NY is a certified organic farm, not too far from Albany. Courtney, her husband, and another couple work together running the farm. It’s so great to see families partner up to take care of land and produce. Courtney has always dreamed of owning her own bit of earth and farming. I can see why. We took a leisurely walk down the lane to some of their back property. It’s the kind of land you dream about.

Read more about Red Oak Farm here. They sell their goods at local farmer’s markets and offer different teas and herbs.

Carhartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

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Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

Cahartt in Seattle

The Carhartt store in Seattle is located just a few blocks down the street from Pike Place Market, one of the oldest public farmer’s markets in the U.S. It’s an area full of history, farmers, and crafts people. When you walk in the Carhartt location, the old-timey feel of the neighborhood is continued in the lumber camp theme across the store. Beautiful reclaimed logs line the walls, door handles are made of axes, and the dressing rooms look like camping tents. Logging was Seattle’s first major industry, so it is a very fitting theme. I love how this store hints back to the history of the city. Old photographs of loggers past are hung on the back wall. It helps knowing that you came from a city of hard workers. I think it can only spur you on to continue the legacy.

Flour Lab

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Flour Lab and Carhartt

Baking warms one’s heart in so many ways. Recipes and traditions are treasures passed down from generation to generation. Making food for those you care about spreads a sense of community and love. Linda, owner and baker from Flour Lab in Ann Arbor, founded her business on these principles. Items she sells change frequently, revolving around the season and her most recent inspiration. In Linda’s studio, clipboards full of ideas for every month of the year cover the walls and keep the creativity flowing. If you’re ever in Ann Arbor, MI, be sure to stop by the farmers market and treat yourself to a few goodies.

Check out the Flour Lab website for baking inspiration and tasty recipes.

The Top Chef Runner-Up: Tiffani Faison

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

Sweet Cheeks in Boston and Carhartt

I think I should preface this post by telling you that I am a Texan girl who knows her bar-b-que. Last night I had one of the best meals of my life at Sweet Cheeks Q, a BBQ joint in Boston near Fenway Park. You might recognize Tiffani, chef and owner of Sweet Cheeks, as one of the two finalists on the first season of Top Chef. I have to admit that’s one of my favorite shows of all time, even though I’m a total mess in the kitchen!

Tif buys local ingredients for her restaurant. It’s great to see local businesses supporting local farming, and the freshness it brings to the food is undeniable. I can’t even pick out a favorite from the feast they presented me with last night. From the fried okra, to the pork belly, even to the rolls— every bite was pure happiness in my mouth.

If you’re in the Boston area, eating at Sweet Cheeks Q is a must. Check it their website to see the menu and location.