The Benefits of Farmer’s Markets

The Benefits of Farmer’s Markets

(c) JBH

 

Today was our Farmer’s Market and I was stoked to get there.

 

So what?

Well here on the northern Oregon coast, we don’t commonly have Farmer’s Markets. But our little town of Cannon Beach changed all of that. Last week was the very first one and I heard that the strawberries ran dry! We had a hugely successful market and the reasons are many. At the top of th(c)jbhe list is the fact that organizers personally visited each farm that wanted to participate to assure quality of product.

Today I realized a second one—although we are small—good ole CB did a wonderful job with the variety. Not only were there fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies but delectable baked goods from bakeries, fresh miniature pies (the Marionberry Mini-Pie by Nahalem Bay Pie Company was delicious AND dairy free), salad dressings, plants, natural meats, eggs and local music. And because there was such a rush on goods last week, it seemed that vendors had more prepared.

 

I planned to take the shuttle to be even more “green” but ended up driving (c)jbhbecause my kids had an appointment an hour later and the shuttle schedule didn’t allow getting back in time for it (What’s with that Scotty? Just kidding).

 

When I got there, carrying my reusable cloth bag with the name of a local (ahem) grocery store chain on it and camera in hand, I found it hard to squeeze through all the people. But most faces around me had smiles on them and I didn’t mind the crowd at all. I noticed that even the dogs on leashes were greeting each other-nicely.

We purchased smoked salmon from The Smokery, both in Plain and Ivory. Very good quality there. Then we bought sugar snaps from Gales Meadow which we munched on most of the afternoon and the most delicious cherries that I have ever eaten. And, I could have replaced my (ahem) grocery-logo bag with a bright pretty green bag with Cannon Beach Farmer’s Market on it but we spent all our money on food! So next week, we are budgeting for a bag too.

I think that people in general really do want to support local growing. I saw that today and it was a great moment for me. With farmer’s markets, the goods are all brought to one place so it’s easy for all of us.

I encourage you to find local farmer’s markets this summer in your area or come visit ours! After all, who doesn’t want to visit Cannon Beach at least once in the summer? J

 

The benefits of Farmer’s Markets:

  • Supports local growing & sustainability

  • Saves money, gas and time

  • Goods are fresher and often organic

  • A lot of variety is available in one place

  • Sometimes there are unusual finds that aren’t in your grocery store aisle

  • You can get to know neighbors in your town-and so can your dogs

  • You can ride the shuttle and live green all day

See you at the next Cannon Beach Farmer’s Market on Tuesday from 2 PM-6 PM.

4 Comments
  • Emily Thomas
    Posted at 20:53h, 24 June Reply

    We’ll have to walk down there next week! Hope this sunshine will stick around! 🙂 Happy Summer (finally!)!

  • Flora
    Posted at 13:51h, 26 June Reply

    It’s great to hear from you Emily! Thanks for supporting our market and also for reading the blog. I can’t wait for next Tuesday either. ~Flora

  • Dianne
    Posted at 21:34h, 02 July Reply

    I visited my local Seattle farmer’s market (one is Saturday, and I took my elderly mother in law to one near her home on Sunday.) She saw neighbors to greet, and found the perfect cherry variety for healthy snacking. I found strawberries and lettuce. The kids were busy learning about agriculture, and sampling naturally sweet baby carrots and pea pods. Others could consult the Master Gardener table. And several folks were trying veggies they normally wouldn’t buy. The produce I buy is always so fresh: it lasts extra time in the ‘frig which means I actually eat it all, instead of throwing half away– so it’s ultimately more cost-effective, I’m sure! And I notice that more and more of us bring our own bags. Not to rave too much: but I’d sure recommend it to anyone!

  • Flora
    Posted at 19:35h, 15 July Reply

    Aw-all markets need a rave once in awhile. Right? After all, there are still those people just discovering the farmers markets due to the gas crisis and wanting to eat healthier. So, Dianne, we will consider it an educational opportunity to learn from you. Thanks for sharing! ~Flora

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