If you're like us then you can't wait to take a break from the world and visit a market this weekend to give yourself an opportunity to breathe deep, take in all of the sights, smells, sounds, and flavors, and visit with your neighbors and farmers. We were recently reminded of a Wendell Berry quote that perfectly encapsulates our market communities.
"A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves." - Wendell Berry
All of Greenmarket's staff is going to the market this weekend...some of us just have to work, but all of us feel the pull to get out there. Here are our reasons and we'd love to hear yours.
"Because the farmers market is where I go when I want to see my neighbors and be with my friends, whether to commiserate or celebrate."
"I'm going to the farmers market this weekend to be surrounded by my friends and my community and good food!"
"Because our work - connecting urban and rural economies and communities - is particularly vital and meaningful right now."
"Because I can ask the farmers questions."
“Because that’s where the food is.”
“Because my team – Go Steelers! – is in the AFC Championship and I need to pick up something to braise.”
“Fuel the body, fight the power”
"Even when I'm not at work, I still visit my closest neighborhood Greenmarket because my local Greenmarket is where I feel connected to my community and neighbors. It's a place where we can convene around good food, talk recipes, and get excited for what we're about to cook."
"Because I want to connect with people who grow our food."
"To get a new recipe."
"Because the brisk 20 mintue walk there is enough time to breath, clear my head and think about what I want to eat that week, but still leave room to get inspired if I see an ingredient I hadn't considered. And my compost bag is really full, gotta drop it off."
"Because I wanna see what they’ll be cooking up at the market info tent!"