Saturday, September 24, 2005

Why Farmer's Markets are great

Glowing grapes
Originally uploaded by monkeycat238.
Walking around the farmers market, the fruit stands on one side and the vegetable stands on the other, I see another way of thinking about food. The food sold at the farmer's market isn't meant to sustain life the way that a mass-produced ham sandwich is. The food here acts almost as a language - a communication between the farmer and the cook. They give us letters, we give them books.

As I saw this grape catch the morning light, I realized that a celebration of ingredients makes us care about our food. When we care about our food, we care about how it tastes, how it affects us and how it brings us together with friends.

Basically: Food is great, even more so if it comes from someone who cares what I think of it.

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