In communities all across the country farmers markets are opening to enthusiastic crowds. There is a renewed interest in locally produced foods. Many people want to know the source of the food on their table. They are drawn to their local farmers markets by the desire to get fresh, nutritious foods grown by those who respect the environment and use fertilizers and chemicals prudently. For many, the trip to the local farmers market is a social event. For others the market evokes a sense of nostalgia. Handmade jams, jellies, baked goods, cut flowers, and artisan craft items are sought out. Freshly picked fruit and vegetables have a taste and texture that can’t be found in most grocery store produce departments. The area restaurant chefs shop early in day for the freshest foods and for items not readily found. The early season markets bring cool weather produce crops, but many in the crowd want summer vegetables on day one. The farmers markets thus become learning events for many, as they learn the seasonal nature of our food supply.
Peace Bee Farm sells much of its honey and products produced from beeswax at farmers markets. Here, Cissy, a long-time friend of Rita’s and mine, greets folks at the market.