As the current manager of the Wendell Farmer’s Market I read the article about Zebulon’s plan to move their market with great interest. Finding a site that suits the vendors, their customers and creates a gathering place for the community is a delicate dance. Farmers, who make up most of our vendors, are expected to give up a half of their Saturday after putting in many hours harvesting, readying and packing up their hard product. Craftspeople do much the same while striving to create for and inspire us, explain their process and lay a little piece of themselves on the table for our examination.
Throughout history farmer’s markets, like schools, have always been the heart of a community and there is real reason for that. Like a good school, a farmer’s market helps grow another generation, they send roots down and out into the community educating us about who we’ve been, and who we can be. Educating and feeding your community seem like pretty good gigs that are worth supporting.
No matter where these markets are located, they need your support. The 800 people who showed up early on in Zebulon’s season are a small fraction of Zebulon’s population. The 60-100 folks who are loyal customers of Wendell’s market are an even smaller percentage. For these and every market to succeed means having enough customers to support the time farmers spend away from their fields and craftspeople spend away from their art all in order to serve the rest of us. Afterall, we all need food, and a little beauty in our lives doesn’t hurt. It is those things and so much more that are waiting for you at your local farmer’s market. Come out, be a part of it.