We've had an unseasonal growing season here in Indiana, to put it mildly. Early heavy rains and cool weather delayed planting; early June heat stunted growth. So it's little surprise our markets have felt the hit.
It's mid-July and we're still waiting for fresh tomatoes to hit our local markets, and the first ears of sweet corn sold out quickly last week. (We're determined to grab some this week.) There's not much for lettuce, though some beans and squashes are cropping up.
So what is selling? Not the produce.
The dearth of veggies has called into the attention the growth of our market in recent years. Far from the handful of vendors when I first stumbled on the market when I moved here five years ago, the market has blossomed to include a variety of meat vendors (chicken, beef, lamb, pork, including from an industrious 4H member), baked goods, honeys, handmade soaps and homemade cleaners.
I'm not sure if this evolution is due to our area wanting more locally made goods, the sticker shock at the grocery store, the economy or a desire to be more green. But I like what I see.
How has your farmers market changed? What stands out most to you?
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