This past weekend, I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Of course, whenever I travel anywhere, the first thing I want to do is try the local food. As some of you may know, Boulder has the reputation of being a “tree hugging” town. Nothing wrong with that, however this usually entails QUALITY of food conscious people. So, coincidentally I stumbled upon this gem; the Boulder Farmers Market. Needless to say I was in heaven. Plus it was the perfect fall day, 55 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. No complaints.
Given it was a Saturday just before noon, the market was packed with people. The atmosphere was very nice, and filled with lots of smiling faces. There was a large assortment of local, organic food and artisan products. Everything ranging from homemade soap, fresh pressed juice, meats to flowers. There was also a section just of food trucks accompanied with an area of open seating for people to grab some lunch. Samples of the products and produce were found at nearly every booth. Most of the vendors I spoke with were very happy to help and answer questions. You could tell they were very proud of their product. Yes, all of this might sound like a typical farmers market you find anywhere, but there was something more idyllic about this particular market that captured my attention.
Farmers markets are great for any community. Not only does it bring people together but it supports local businesses. You know exactly where your food is coming from. Think about what you ate today, are you even able to trace its origin? Most food found at the grocery store travels hundreds if not thousands of miles to get to your plate. Why not buy it locally if it is available to you at a decent price? The QUALITY is usually much, much better. When you just buy whatever at the grocery store, this takes away peoples connection with their food. Most Americans have lost that connection, and don’t really care about where their food is coming from. A lot of countries that I have been to in Europe, farmers markets were much more popular than they are in the United States.
If you haven’t been to a farmers market, give it a shot. I’m sure you will leave with something delicious.
Here are some pictures from the Boulder Farmers Market: