Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Trip to the Farmer's Market

One of our favorite weekend activities is a visit to the farmers market. Here in Portland we're lucky enough to have several farmers markets operating all around town and all through the week. We think the Saturday market is the best though. It's huge. The market starts up in early spring, and despite the chill, draws a good number of people. By late July, that ‘good number of people’ turns into quite a crowd. Often it gets hard to move and navigate through the press of bodies.

One of the best things about visiting any farmers market (aside from all the great food!), is getting to meet the farmers. When you visit a booth or stand, invariably you learn a little something about their farm and their operation. It's fun, and it's also very different from going to the grocery store, where the most you usually learn about the produce you're buying and how it's grown is limited to simply the state or country where it came from.

And it's also nice supporting local farmers.

In order to make Veggie Trader a better service for everyone we added a Local Farmers and Farmer’s Markets section this week to the Veggie Trader listings. Many small farmers have posted listings on the site over the past few months, and now they have a place where people looking specifically for local farm produce can quickly find them. This new section is also a great place for anyone who runs a farmer’s market to announce it to the public. Actually, you don't have to be running a farmers market to post a listing about one, in your area. Learn more here. We hope and expect this section to grow in the coming months.

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