Yesterday my family and I stopped at our town’s farmers’ market after church. It’s a very, very small market which my husband always has to say (in such a kindly tone, of course), “You mean The *Artisan* Market?” Because they sell more arts and crafts goods than produce, at least in my blip of a town. On Saturday the neighboring town has their *artisan* market, and although the town is larger, the market is smaller.
I love the idea of a farmers’ market. A neighboring town has a much bigger, more diverse, well put together market that gathers on Thursday afternoons – you know, right in the middle of naptime. The only time I’ve attended was twoish years ago when I had a toddler and an infant who refused to nap, and I refused to stay in the hot house with them. It was a lovely experience: great, fresh produce; whole grain, locally made breads; meats and cheeses – I came home with a quality dinner. Plus everyone oohed and ahhed over my smallest tyke, reminding me that it might not have been a mistake to choose to procreate again.
Yesterday I read an article about a farmers’ market that was located in the poorer section of a large city (can’t find the link this morning: here’s one similar). For the most part these markets are in nicer areas of populations, places where folks live who already have access to fresh produce (maybe not local, but still). This market also spent time and money being able to accept electronic benefits transfer for those on food stamp programs: it’s costly, but this was something important to them.
How cool would it be to have that in my town? Right now the markets seem to be such a novelty, something to stop at on the way home from the beach or from wine tasting. What if the ginormous empty field in the middle of the southside of our neighboring town had a quality farmers’ market with quality produce? It may not draw in the passers-by, it may not be as easy to get to, but what if it helped the economically-diverse populations mix? We live in an area with easy access to quality agriculture as well as a technology-proficient area. Oh, to dream dreams …