This year marks the 95th anniversary of the Fulton Street Farmer's Market. After nearly 100 years, the tradition of buying produce straight from the farmer in a simple, open market set up is still going strong. Although the market has gotten a few face lifts, most recently the $3M renovation in 2013 which put a roof overhead, the advantages of shopping in the market are still the same. Customers have a wide array of produce, plants, meat, dairy, baked goods, and prepared food to choose from. Buying directly from the farmer ensures the produce is in season, meaning it's at its peak flavor and nutritional value-a stark difference from produce in grocery stores that's been plucked before ripening, stored, and shipped hundreds of miles. Not to mention the environmental and economic benefits of supporting local farmers.
But the most valuable commodity the farmer's market has to offer is the relationships it curates. Buy produce from the person who grew it, and you have an opportunity to tap into their knowledge of how it was grown, how to prepare it, favorite recipes...there's a wealth of information available to you if you ask. It's better than the internet. The relationship is mutually beneficial as the farmers are able to see the end result of their hard work: customers enjoying their product. The market is also a place where vendors can network with each other and potentially create partnerships.
There's something especially genuine about a trip to the Fulton Street Farmer's Market. It's an opportunity to connect with the people who cultivate our food, get in touch with the growing seasons, show our children where our food comes from. It's a place for food and community, a long-standing tradition, and something to look forward to on Sunday mornings.
Learn more on the Fulton Street Farmer's Market website.