Farmers Market September 26, 2020
It has finally arrived. Last day of the 2020 St. Matthew's Farmers Market.
It began under a cloud of uncertainty. Would farmers risk exposure to the virus to come? Would customers risk coming out to buy? Of course, the answer to both is a resounding yes. And it has seemed to go by very quickly.
I have spoken before about the miracle of the tent city that emerges every Saturday morning in a parking lot at (or near) Beargrass Christian Church. It is a pop-up community of people committed to the value of local food. It is a community dedicated to supporting local farmers. So it is sad to see this community hit the pause button for a few months until we resume our gathering May 8, 2021.
Although the community may be dispersed after today, it still lives on in the connections that have been made over the last five months and in the hearts and minds of all who engage in this miraculous "Tent City"
Thanks to technology we can continue our relationship. Many have online stores and Harmony Fields Farm will have one up and running soon. Zoom and Virtual Meetings have enabled our society and culture to continue engaging in face to face encounters, even if not physically occupying the same space. Likewise with farms -- we too are learning how to adapt. More on our situation next week.
Do come out today. We have some wonderful Romaine and Red Lettuce that will be on end of market special for 2 for $7 (or one for $4) as well as Purple Fingerling Potatoes, Mixed Peppers, Hot Peppers, Fairy Tale Eggplant,Okra, and the last chance to pick out a gorgeous bouquet of Beth's Flowers.
If you have been thinking about one of our handcrafted bird houses, today will be the last time this year to look them over in person. They also make great presents!
The Pop-Up Tent City of St. Matthews Farmers Market may be here today and gone tomorrow, but the community lives on. May the memories and experiences keep us bonded. May our values continue to inform and drive us. May our commitment continue to strengthen and, like the plants we grow and sell, send down deep roots to sustain us through these times.
Larry, Beth and Nathan Brandenburg