Farmers markets take place all over NYC and people flock to them. It’s something about the freshness of the food, the market type atmosphere, the pleasure of mingling with the crowd and a feeling of doing the sustainable thing.
Now there has been some questioning of whether all this produce grown on small farms make economic sense, NPR.
Apparently it’s very hard to make even a half-way reasonable living on a small farm as it’s hard to produce food efficiently. It’s all effort and no payoff.
It’s likely though that the the current stage of development in locally grown food is interim. That people doing small farming are learning how to link up with local restaurants and also market goods and information important to people lving in a community as a way of building their income.
Look at the video and you can see that just growing food for yourself and your neighbors is something people choose to do because for some it is pleasurable in it’s own right. I can imagine these people being delighted if a small farmer did workshops on how to grow specific things.
There’s so much energy around farmer’s markets it means something. Is it the freshness of the food, the social nature of shopping there or wanting to make food growing super local again? COMMENT on what you think it’s about and LIKE the experience of shopping at a farmer’ market.