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Support Local Farmers Markets

      Last week I was enjoying some fresh Blackberries in my kitchen when I noticed snow started to fall.  I thought something wasn’t right here. How was I eating these delicious Blackberries in the middle of winter and where did they come from? I looked at the container and found out my delicious fresh Blackberries have traveled all the way from Central Mexico to end up in my kitchen. Looking further into this I found out my Blackberries had traveled 44 hours and 2,820 miles to end up in my kitchen. I have never been to Mexico, but my Blackberries have. A lot of food we now consume travels more than us but it does not have to be this way.  This then sparked my research and inspiration for the month of February to buy local products. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the indoor Plymouth Farmers Market  occurs on the second and fourth Thursday every month from 2:30-6:30 P.M. at Plimoth Plantation. I was so excited to check out more than 20 vendors coming from Massachusetts and the New England area with products that I could feel good about purchasing and eating. Some important reasons to buy local food include supporting a local family but buying local also builds community and benefits the environment and wildlife. Supporting local agriculture today will ensure and encourage that these farms will be there for us in the future. Check out this article on Ten Reasons to Buy Local Food to learn about why supporting food is better for you and your community.

      Thursday arrived and I was eager to go to the Plymouth Farmers Market. When I arrived at Plimoth Plantation, several people were walking in with their reusable bags. I immediately walked in amazed, there was so many vendors and it felt like the market was never ending. You had your local meats, cheese’s and eggs but also delicious baked good vendors. Local winery and breweries were present as well. You could get fresh bread, pizza dough and homemade pasta. There were vegetables such as shallots, onions, mushrooms but also fresh greens and fresh herbs.  A live band was starting to play but I couldn’t take pictures of most of the event or tables because there were crowds of people standing around each table. I could not believe the amount of local accessible food in the winter farmers market I can only imagine how impressive the summer farmers market session will be. Each vendor eagerly waiting to interact with community members to tell them about their products and answer any questions they may have. I stopped by Auntie Dalie’s  display (pictured below) to look at the wide variety of shapes, flours and cut pasta they had to offer. The gentlemen running the stand were so nice and explained the different types I had to choose from. With no eggs, oils or additives this pasta does not disappoint and should be in every one’s cabinets. Overall the farmers market was everything I imagined and more. The food I bought here has not traveled more than me and I could talk with the people who are responsible for getting these products into my home, what more could you want?

 


February 14, 2019: Auntie Dalie’s Pasta stand display at the Plymouth’s Farmers Market, photo by Alissa Young.