Saturday morning ritual

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Saturday mornings are my favourite time of the week.

After a long week of work, there’s nothing better than waking up without an alarm - although I still usually wake with the sun.

I have my Saturday morning routine down pat. As an early riser, I’m usually up before Caleb and I love to get a head start on my chores.

I really enjoy cleaning (weird, I know). It gives me a sense of accomplishment and I don’t like starting my weekend without getting my chores done.

After cleaning and washing, I sit down with an array of recipe books and food magazines to meal plan for the week before we head off to the farmers market.

I love shopping at the farmers market! The produce is so fresh and it’s actually less expensive than shopping at the supermarket for fruit and vegetables.

I usually plan our meals for Monday to Friday, with the occasional weekend meal thrown in.

I’ve found it a great way to reduce grocery costs and means I’m always prepared and not left wondering what to cook for dinner – especially when busy.

Recently I purchased a straw market bag for carrying our haul. I had been using a hessian bag but you really need something with structure or else it gets awkward to carry.

The farmers market is only a 10-minute walk from our house but it’s been way too hot to walk there the past couple of months.

The weather is finally starting to cool down and it’s nice to be able to incorporate some exercise into our Saturday morning routine.

Besides the great produce, the market is also great for people watching.

It’s nice how community-oriented it is, with people bumping into friends all the time.

We usually stop for a chat with an old work colleague who runs a fresh pressed orange juice stand too.

There’s also a great array of non food-related products, such as pottery, scents and flowers.

A sneaky almond croissant is usually on the cards too, which we share over coffee when we get home.

All-in-all, the market experience really does set you in a good mood for the weekend!

Do you have any weekend rituals you love?