I can’t imagine a summer without a garden.
Fresh tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and lettuce just a few steps from my door. And, even though every year it seems I am fighting either the weather or some bug or critter (usually all three), it’s something I love to do.
Many people get very enthusiastic about gardening in the spring. Planting a garden is no big deal. Maintaining a garden is a whole different matter. It’s very easy to get discouraged when squash bugs invade your veggies overnight or when raccoons harvest your corn the night before your planned picking date. There’s the spring storms that bring wind, hail and tornadoes. Summer brings heat, humidity, and drought. And, it’s a well-known fact that weeds grow 3 feet overnight.
I can understand why people give up.
Thankfully, we live in an area that supports many Farmer’s Markets. These growers are dedicated to bringing fresh food to your table. I love that I can talk to these gardeners face to face and discuss the varieties they grow, along with their gardening methods and techniques.
Not only are there fruits and veggies, there are farmers that grow their own beef, chicken and pork to sell at the market.
Bakers will bring their baked goods.
Artists will bring their art.
And musicians will bring their music.
It’s a wonderful thing and a great beginning to spring.
The Fayetteville Farmer’s Market will begin this weekend. Approximately 60 vendors will set up around the historic square this year. The weather looks to be beautiful and a great day to kick off this award-winning market.
I also wanted to let you know about another way to receive fresh food from a local source. Northwest Arkansas Local Harvest is part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)group that offers either a weekly delivery of seasonal produce to your door (for Fayetteville residents) or on a scheduled pick up date for those outside the city limits. Most CSA’s are dedicated to providing naturally grown food without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. To learn more about this CSA, check out their website. To see a list of local food sources in Northwest Arkansas, check out the NWA Local Food Guide.
CSA’s are located all over the United States. To find one near you, go to Local Harvest.org and search for your area. I think it’s great to support small farm efforts to bring us fresh, chemical free food. Gardening is hard work and I so appreciate these people who dedicate themselves to providing us with a healthy option for food.
If you find a farm/CSA you like, let people know!