Skip to content

The Farmer’s Market: A Return to Community

August 31, 2009

This weekend we’ve finally been released from the oppressive heat and humidity and it’s felt much more like the crisp days of fall. On Friday, it was particularly beautiful so I headed up to the local farmer’s market in Copley Square. They always have such tasty produce, but they also have their displays down to a science. One of the stands was selling heirloom tomatoes for such a good deal, I couldn’t resist picking up a couple. . . or six. But look how amazing the display was!

heirloom tomatoes at farmer's market

heirloom tomatoes at farmer's market

How can you resist that? And truly, what is better than fresh tomatoes, mozzerella and home-grown basil drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette? Yummm. I will surely miss summer. 

It kind of got me to thinking though, picking out food can be such a joyful experience, and yet most of us are stuck running into the nearest grocery store with the dreadful florescent lighting and picking out food. It’s more of a chore than something fun. It takes what should be a personal experience and makes it into a corporate one. 

I think farmer’s markets are becoming increasingly popular because people really do care about where their food is coming from, if it is organic, and how far it had to be trucked. And the numbers of people who came by bicycle or had their canvas or cotton tote bags was such a hopeful sign of things to come in the future.

But beyond the environmental reasons, shopping at the farmer’s market feels local. It feels like we are part of a community again. It seems like companies have been getting larger and larger, and with that, far less personal. Recently with the implosion of several huge corporations, banks, etc, I think people are craving that sense of community and of human interaction again. Farmer’s markets around the country have been gaining in popularity, and for good reason. So take a look at websites like Local Harvest which can help you find your nearest CSA or farmer’s market and find the joy in food shopping.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Ian permalink
    August 31, 2009 8:15 pm

    I really agree with you about the personal experience of shopping at the market. It adds so much fun to shopping if you get to speak to the farmer who grew your food.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: