I’m not a big fan of shopping. I hate the sales pitches, pressure, and congested aisles. There is one exception to this: visiting the local farmer’s market.
I don’t mind the crush, the background noise of sellers announcing their prices, or the adamant voices saying that their tomatoes are the best. In fact, these things are what I love about the farmer’s market.
What’s so different about it? The expectation. When people go to the grocery store or the mall, there’s an expectation if buying what you need and getting the heck out of there. At the farmer’s market, there’s a sense of community. No, you may not know the lady standing next to you, but you do know she’s after the same sweet corn or strawberries you are. There’s an instant common ground between you that makes it easy to converse with those around you.
Even if you don’t feel the camaraderie, how could you not appreciate the results? Fresh fruits and vegetables that you can enjoy until your next shopping trip AND supporting the local economy. What’s not to like? (Well, I guess I could NOT like the fact that no one around here grows okra…)
Do you have a farmer’s market in your area? What do you like (or dislike?) about it?