Supporting a Local Economy and Gaining Community
I've always loved shopping at local farmers markets. For me, it is not just about getting the freshest food available, it's about the experience. It is about the excitement of engaging with local farmers and neighbors. In college, I enjoyed sharing that experience with friends. We would make a day of it, taking a trip to the market and then returning to my house where we would all create brunch from our morning finds.
Later in life, I became a farmer, selling produce at local farmers markets and to local chefs and natural food stores. I felt similar to the way I did in college, enjoying the excitement of engaging with my community, not simply just buying or selling produce. That sense of community feeds my soul. I really enjoy growing flowers and specialty produce, but in the end it is my community of chefs, food producers, and distributors that makes it all worthwhile.