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I can remember going to the Farmer’s Market with my mom on Saturday mornings when I was a kid. I remember all of these pick up trucks parked in a circle with the tailgates down and all kinds of vegetables, fruits and flowers just spilling over those tailgates. It was beautiful and bountiful and I loved to go and help my mom pick out all kinds of fresh vegetables for our family. Today it seems that Farmer’s Markets are having a rebirth and that got me thinking about a Ten on Tuesday topic and here we are with: Ten Great Things About the Farmer’s Market.
- Local vendors. If you want to keep and support farms then they need a venue for selling their products. The Farmer’s Market is made for them, as indicated by the very name of the event.
- Fresh vegetables. Also sort of the point of the whole thing, right? I can’t emphasize enough, though, how important it is to eat fresh and seasonable vegetables. We’re getting tomatoes here now and I’m so excited! Not to mention the corn, zucchini, squash, peppers, beets, beans and more.
- The ability to purchase in bulk. You can haggle with a farmer and get a whole bushel of beans or beets or something and then go home and can them or pickle them for use this winter. It brings you right back to summer when you open one of those jars.
- Flowers. I love that there are cut flowers and potted plants available.
- Crafts. Now, I have mixed feelings about crafters selling their stuff at the Farmer’s Market, but I do think it’s a good venue for local people to get some exposure and attention. Some of the stuff I’ve seen is junk, though, and has no business being included.
- Music. Last weekend my husband’s band played at our local Farmer’s Market. On other weeks I know they’ve had bluegrass music and other types of music and I think it really adds to the festive atmosphere of the day.
- Delicious food. I had a yummy pulled pork sandwich on Sunday and there was lots of other food to choose from, too.
- Seeing friends. It’s fun to shop and walk and bump into people you know. One of our friends is even a vendor now and he’s there selling his Richard’s Famous Garlic Salt. That’s some great stuff, I tell you.
- It’s a pretty setting. Our Farmer’s Market is set in a pine grove and it smells wonderful and looks beautiful.
- Good intentions. Shopping and supporting local farms is something we can all do and it creates a wonderful sense of community when we put our good intentions into practice.