Wednesdays and Saturdays are my two favorite parts of the week May-October because the outdoor Fairfield Farmer's Market is a fixture at Howard Park. Going to the market is a multi-dimensional experience. First, if you don't have a garden of your own, it gives you an intimate opportunity to harmonize with the changing products of the growing season. Each table is laden with what nature is providing a particular grower at that specific moment. Then, there is the chance to forge a link between what you eventually will serve to family and friends with the person responsible for growing it. That human bond adds another dimension to the overall food experience. Your food becomes traceable-how it is grown, where, by whom, all within the reach of a conversation.
The market is a grand social experience; filled with a diversity of people from babies to seniors. I always see many friends wanting to know what I bought, which farm, and how will it be prepared. I get to ask the same questions back and broaden my culinary knowledge.
Wandering around the market last Saturday I began wondering what the actual financial rewards are related to the effort of growing, harvesting, transporting, and selling. In the studio Wednesday evening we'll talk with several growers and explore what it takes to commit to being a regular at the market, is it strictly a secondary source of income, how to create your own niche, and what keeps them coming back week after week.
Fresh produce, fresh food, fresh information, and 60 minutes of delicious radio on KRUU's GREAT TASTE. Come on by and share in the fun or catch the stream.
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