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"Try this chocolate linguini, it's great with vanilla ice cream," offers Molly Sharp, a 20-something pasta seller at Seattle's 105-year-old Pike Place Market. The market, which stretches over nine acres close to Seattle's waterfront, attracts more than 10 million visitors each year. Its popularity is part of a nationwide trend, with the number of farmers markets increasing by 17 percent from 2010 to 2011.
The reason seems clear: Customers shop for locally grown and produced items, but they particularly appreciate a sense of community. Pike Place pasta seller Sharp has loved the market for as long as she can remember. In the third grade, she recalls, she sauntered among the vendors in floral leggings and a pink cloth beret, making her lunches out of free samples. Even before she started working as a vendor, Sharp said she never felt alone: "I always came here to be with people."...
Jim, you telling me that good ol Nebraskans can't tell the difference between seeds that produce according to their kind with seed that self-destructs and are inserted with non-plant genes?
but the meanie face, why so sour?
Europe (and I might add most of the entire rest of the world where traditional foods are yet made) has farmer's markets, knowing the farmer, artisan foods..... isn't that so backward, so prehistoric, so, uh, free marketish?
farmers markets are the antedote to the monopoly of sterilized seed that now is in 70% of foods in the supermarket, and questionable "organics" from China.
Now they are working on genetically modified apples.
don't pay them to get you sick! doctors are not going to connect your chronic illnesses with the degeneration of God's seed (to what you eat!) and have largely made themselves irrelevent to any kind of healing of the body. agencies that tell them what to think and say are run by those who are monetarily and politically in the company that doesn't want the bee test results made public.
I say M--, kind of like G-d in the OT. to the darwinists, held in such regard, that the name cannot be spoken.
quit outsourcing your food and your health!
buy from the farmer you can know.
and when the big names see the trends and try to market health, still don't buy from them. they usually give a subrate imitation.
example: probiotics -- the establishment denied this for years-- antibiotics destroy gut flora leading to disease, traditional foods (sauerkraut, yogurt) filled with probiotics. artisans and supplement companies have developed for years. leave the local drug store out of it, go to where its done right.