I love my farmers’ market. I love the organic lettuce, local tomatoes, and cheese made just down the street. I love buying eggs from chickens with names. I love getting home with a marvelous haul and cooking up a storm. But I’ll confess: I do not love shopping at my farmers’ market.
Some days, the way the stalls are set up make for difficult market navigation. We get clogged in long lines of people standing still, and then we run into a friend, and the crowds start moving like speeding rivers around us and we can’t even stand our ground to say hello. Or I’ll get all the way across town just to discover the rain hit there early, the temperature dropped 20 degrees, and the whole thing’s shut down. Other days, I’d rather just go to the grocery store, which sells produce from a number of our local farms, and the temperature is stable and season-less. And where, year round, they tempt me with tastes.
I’m so sorry, little farmers’ market. Please don’t be mad. I never mean to cheat on you.
I can’t help but look at my farmers’ market and think, if they just tweaked things a bit or maybe offered tastes, I might never go back to my grocery store again. I have a feeling I’m not alone.
If there was one thing you could change about your farmers’ markets to make them an infinitely better shopping experience, what would it be? Does yours a need simple fix? A new day? A better location? Or is yours perfect as is? And just because I’m curious: Will you be shopping at your farmers’ market for Thanksgiving ingredients?