Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer joy: Farmersí Market

Summer in Sun Valley overflows with countless delights, but to my mind Tuesdays bring a very special blessing to our community: the Farmers' Market.

It isn't just the pleasure of being able to buy fresh, organic, locally produced fruit and veggies, eggs and cheeses and flowers, honey, bread and pies. It is also the joy of strolling along the flower-filled street among the stalls and booths, pausing to talk to friends, pat dogs, buy at different stalls, listen to the music—and best of all—meet and get to know the farmers themselves, and have an opportunity to learn about the incredibly labor-intensive work they do, and to thank them.

On Tuesdays, I have the feeling that time has stopped—or maybe reeled backwards—to the days before supermarkets and big box stores and mass production and industrial farming. To a saner, healthier, simpler—and possibly happier time. I leave the market with my heavy baskets, but also with a lighter heart. I feel reconnected to the earth, to nature, to the seasons, and, best of all, to our community in a much deeper and far more satisfying way than when I've simply "been shopping."

Thank you, thank you, wonderful farmers and everyone who makes Tuesday at the Farmers' Market such a special and enriching experience.

Diana Fassino


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