24 Jun The Benefits of Farmer’s Markets
Today was our Farmer’s Market and I was stoked to get there.
Well here on the northern
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 because 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
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.