Saturday, June 28, 2008

Reasons to love a Farm Market in any locale

  • Often fresher than the supermarket
  • Less fuel burned to transport food grown locally
  • Supporting community economy
  • Eliminate the middleman, producer gets a larger percentage of the profit
As long as we were traveling (on the south shore of Nova Scotia), we found a Farmers' Market in the nearby town of Lunenberg. It's too early in the growing season to buy fresh produce, but we found other reminders why we enjoy marketplaces like this.

  • Live music, local musicians.
  • Fair trade coffee: an eight-oz. drink, and a half pound of beans for later.
  • Hand-tooled wooden utensil to add to Amigo's collection
  • New bag, perfect size for my laptop, made from salvaged sails. This bag is fabulous. It's water-resistant, strong, lightweight, and it'll last beyond the projected lifetime of the technology. I kept wandering past the Seadogs Bags booth, enjoying the workmanship, but not buying. I don't need a new purse. I don't need a lunch bag or schoolbag. La Petite has her bags all settled, too. Then Husband reminded me: "Honey, you wanted a better bag for your new laptop." Yes! That's it! He helped find the right size, and I picked my favorite. No easy task, that; each bag was unique, and each one had its own story. I finally narrowed down the selection to two, then picked the one with the interior lining I liked best.
Sigh of relief. Deep breath. I picked up Amigo before he could decide to go home and form a band with the guitarist, and we headed for the minivan and then off to lunch. What a morning! Note to self: when out of town, seek out Farmers' Markets and Craft Markets. It's worth it.

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Blogger Mocha said...

Every year I look forward to the Farmer's Market in my town. Saturdays and Wednesdays. Somehow I eat better when I shop fresher. I want to live in a place where they happen year round.

Way to go supporting them.

6/28/2008 11:03 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

My wife was a basketmaker for 12 years. We spent many a weekend and sometimes a week or two doing the craft fair circuit in New England. The smaller fairs were my favorites. Less "5th" avenue type hype and more local flavor.

People should stop being so concerned about the "national" economy and be concentrating on their own local economy. I have for years tried to keep my dollars circulating in as small a circle as possible. Buying local is one way to help that. And nothing is more local than produce grown in the farm down the road.

6/29/2008 6:52 AM  
Blogger AudreyO said...

We love our local Farmer's Market. We have two of them in my town, one on Tuesday and one on Sunday. If we go downtown, they actually close the street the day of the Farmer's Market and all the vendors line up the streets. It's wonderful.

6/29/2008 8:46 PM  
Blogger raqgold said...

oh, we have weekly famer's market and we get our fresh veggie and fruits in the farm nearest us. oh but of course, we have our own fruits and veggie garden, too :D

7/01/2008 4:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of the farmers market- even plan to the one here on vacation.

7/01/2008 11:05 AM  
Blogger Scribbit said...

I've wanted to see Nova Scotia and that area so much--fun way to see it too.

7/19/2008 11:47 PM  
Blogger Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

I do love that? I love the bold graphic sewn together pattern! And Old sail cloth? how cool...

Plus, Scribbit commenting above....YOU rock!

9/22/2008 12:21 AM  

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