I've blogged before about how much I love the farmer's market where I live! The fall produce is here, and it entices all my senses.
Sight: The colors of the squash, fall flowers, corn, kale and chard are vibrant.
Sound: Walk through the market and hear musicians playing everything from bluegrass, blues, a symphony and an ehru.
Taste: Attend on a tasting day and you're in for an explosion on your tongue! The apple tasting is coming soon.
Touch: I run my hand over the textures of the various squash, melons, and gourds. Bumpy, smooth, rough, prickly.
Smell: The aromas of fall are here - decaying leaves, the kettle corn, the smell of the melons and squash.
Supporting the farmers and growers in your area is one of the best things you can do from many perspectives:
- Money goes to your neighbors, the local farmers. Most of them are small, independent (not owned by an agri-corp), family farms. Many of them practice sustainable agriculture.
- The travel distance is short, saving petro, reducing pollution, and increasing the nutritional value of your food.
- Looking into the faces of the people who grow your food is a special thing.