I can’t believe that our local farmers markets will be coming to a close at the end of October. Sharing the many highs and lows of a farmers market season forges strong bonds between the farmers, vendors and artisans who come together each and every week for six months of the year. A feeling of family grows among the market participants as we watch the seasons change together. Some weeks there are wonderful crowds of shoppers, and other weeks it seems like everyone has forgotten all about the market. There are days of beautiful sunshine, pouring rain, high winds, fog, clouds and everything in between. It is Michigan after all.
In the early spring everyone is excited to see one another, to catch up and to find out what’s been happening over the winter months. Some farmers and vendors don’t return, but new additions add variety to the market community. The natural growth and change enriches the market experience for all involved. I have noticed that everyone pulls together to help out the ‘newbies.’ Experienced vendors offer helpful tips, such as using weights to secure the tents. Suggestions on how to avoid ‘rookie mistakes’ may or may not be heeded, but friendships are sure to form as everyone shares their opinions about the ins and outs of various markets. It’s quite an amazing network of hard working individuals.
Witnessing shoppers voting with their dollars and fueling our local economy is truly fascinating and educational. I’ve often thought that selling a product in the farmers market would be a wonderful ‘lab’ experience for students of economics. Coming out to the farmers market and trying to sell a product that they make themselves could be an ideal way to learn about displaying the product, dealing with customer service questions and experience first-hand how the laws of supply and demand operate in a marketplace.
A sincere thanks to everyone who takes part in our local farmers market; all your hard work and effort is very much appreciated. I will absolutely miss all the members of my ‘market family,’ although I have to admit that there is nothing quite like that first glorious Saturday of November that I will, hopefully, get a chance to sleep in.
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