After enduring an unwelcome extension of winter, spring has finally sprung in Michiana and farmers market season is upon us!
Why do we so strongly crave the arrival of spring farmers markets? Yes, it’s in part because we can finally nourish our overwintered bodies with a revitalizing array of freshly harvested produce—as well as bearing witness to the brief moments of glory emitted by those elusive, short-seasoned fares. But there’s much more to it than that.
For starters, there’s the atmosphere. An abundance of positive energy, excitement, and inspiration billows into the community as we greet one another and celebrate our survival of another Michiana winter. It’s a huge breath of fresh air.
This atmosphere is a breeding ground for the tangible sense of community that comes alive at farmers markets in the springtime. You can just feel the spirit of camaraderie in every transaction and there’s an immediate sense of belonging for anyone in bounds.
In other words, we’re not only looking forward to farmers markets because we’re craving fresh food. We’re also craving the meaningful human connections themselves. It’s an ineffable feeling absent at supermarkets, even as many carry local and organic products.
Although the food sold in the organic section of supermarkets is certainly attractive, there is a raw beauty revealed by the food on display at farmers markets. Perusing tables blanketed by plump heirloom tomatoes with rainbow-colored skins dazzle the eye, while shockingly bright stalks of magenta-red rhubarb instantly make mouths water with the thought of their bitter tang turned sweet and inviting—like spring. It’s a potent reminder of the natural splendor and infinite variety in nature.
This sort of inspiring, harmonious, and beautiful environment doesn’t happen by chance. It is the result of the dedicated farmers, standing behind displays of dirt-dusted produce, who are passionate about reconnecting the community each and every spring. They ensure spring farmers markets are a celebration of life, always emerging after faithfully maintaining the hopeful endurance of a barren season.
If you’re in Southwestern Michigan or Northern Indiana, check out our listings to find a farmers market near you. Also, don’t forget to sign up for a CSA this year to receive even more farm-direct goodness!