As many of you are aware, we recently established the Pflugerville Winter Market. We did this to bridge the gap for the period the city market was on hiatus. This got me thinking about what a Farmers Market does for a community. There is the obvious exchange of goods and service, but a community farmers market does more than that. Here are a few thoughts that come to mind:
FARMERS MARKETS PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY
The market encourages growers to practice humane and regenerative farming practices. This in turn revitalizes the health of the land and air that the community thus inhabits.
FARMERS MARKETS STIMULATE LOCAL ECONOMIES
The market is often the launchpad of small business. I personally know of 6 successful local businesses that started by cutting their teeth at the local market. Those small businesses in turn provide local jobs - not to mention goods and services. Farmers markets also bring business to neighboring stores and communities where the market is located.
FARMERS MARKETS BUILD FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
The market builds families. It provides another source of income that perhaps allows a mother to stay with her young family. Oftentimes, you see kids at the market helping out. Here they’re learning countless life skills while enjoying time with one-another.
Farmers markets allow young farmers to network and learn from more experienced farmers thus preserving the farming culture for future generations.
The market fosters personal connections between producers, shoppers, and communities building a local reliable and sustainable food network communities can depend on.
But none of this is possible without your support. Thank you for being a part of our growing community!