Wednesday, March 4, 2015

An Ode to Farmers' Markets

Green Bean may play a farmer on her blog but takes her hat off to those who actually are.

I have what I call a "micro-farm" but it is not a farm at all.  Sure, I have chickens and fruit trees.  My four raised beds are usually in employ and sometimes spit out something edible.  Other times, things don't grow well.  The slugs eat the pea seedlings before I realize that, oh man, I've got slugs again!  The squirrels get to the tomatoes before I do. Beans don't like to be grown where the bean tepee is.  The cucumber beetles decimate my squash plants.  And so on.

As much as I may think of myself as a farmer, I'm not.  And that is why, every weekend, I pay homage to those who are.

To those people who get up at 3am to make it to the farmers' market and then - come rain, wind or too few people - sell their hard-grown fruits and vegetables with a smile.

To those people who save some of their farmland for the pollinators and the wildlife.  Who plant flowers to help bees find forage.  (I make it a point to buy your flowers!)

To those who dare to grow something so old it is new.  Who preserve heirloom varieties and offer up beans special enough to be named "Old Indian Woman" or radishes called after a watermelon.

Whenever my family travels, we look for the beautiful people.  They cannot be found at expensive hotels or five star restaurants.  Instead, look to the local farmers' markets.  To the people with dirt under their nails, with tired shoulders and hair perpetually tied in a pony tail.  Farmers markets are where the beautiful people are!  The people willing to fight for good food, healthy soil and biodiverse ecosystems.

Thank you, farmers, everywhere.


Sara Vartanian said...

I love this post! And all those people who make it possible for us to eat good food I'm grateful, too!

Carissa Bonham said...

Real farmers (not us micro farming types) definitely deserve more recognition and credit than they get! I can't wait for spring to get here so that our local farmers' market can open back up.

Sommer said...

I love farmers markets! I can't wait until summer so they'll start up again.

Lisa said...

Great post! I love the farmers and ranchers that provide my family with healthy, local, and sustainable food.

Christy said...

I love Farmer's Markets so much!

It seems as though your market is larger and has more variety than my local markets. Ours run outdoors from May to September, which is when my backyard harvest almost completely meets my family's vegetable needs, so aside from some handmade and locally produced products, I don't need much from them.

Betsy Escandon said...

I love this post. I feel true love for the people that provide fresh, healthful, delicious foods to my family. So grateful for farmers markets.

Green Bean said...

@Sara - Thank you for sharing my gratitude. :)

@Carissa - Micro farming gives me just the smallest taste of what it must mean to be a farmer.

@Sommer - Aren't they the best?

@Lisa - I'm so grateful for those who work so hard to put food on our table.

@Christy - I have a feeling your garden is much more productive than mine if it almost completely meets your family's needs! I'm jealous. I'll admit that I've had a weak past two years in the garden.

@Betsy - A fellow Bay Area-an! I know you feel the love for our year round farmers markets. :)


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