It’s quite this morning. I’m sitting here listening to the birds, looking at our little greenhouse full of wonders and thinking to myself how lucky I really am.
Today is opening day for the season at one of my favorite farmers markets, the Brighton Farmers Market, in Brighton, NY. In my humble opinion, I believe that there is nothing more definitive of the American Spirit than the farmers market. It’s a wonderful sensory overload of tastes, smells, and the sounds of bluegrass filling the air.
Why farmers markets? One of the most common arguments I hear against the farmers market is that it’s too expensive. Why would we go to the farmers market when we could just as easily go to a grocery store and buy what’s on the shelves there for a little less?
A farmers market is a communal organization. It’s run by your neighbors, friends, and family. The market is the best way to ensure that you’re purchasing produce, meats, and other goods that have been produced locally and to the ethical standards you would want for yourself and your family. The farmers market is also the best way to ensure that you’re keeping your dollar local. There is the great mantra, ‘vote with your dollar’, well there is no better way. When buying from someone like WalMart, a very small fraction of your money is staying locally, but when you buy from a local vendor who’s selling locally made or grown products,you can be sure your money is going to stay within the community.
It’s nice to know that my dollar is going towards putting a friends kid through college rather than but another supercar for a CEO I have never met.
Well, it’s starting to get warm out there. I hope to see all my local readers at the market today, and for those of you around the country and around the world, go visit a local market. You’ll be amazed at what you might find!