Five Reasons why I love the Farmer’s Market

One of the many, many things I love about summertime is my tiny Connecticut town’s weekly farmer’s market. Run by a dedicated group of volunteers, this charming little enterprise is one of the highlights of my week.

Why? Well, I’ll give you five reasons:
  1. Everyone in town is there. The East Granby farmer’s market is as much about bumping into friends and neighbors as it is about buying local produce. It’s great to get outside and mingle with folks on a sunny summer afternoon. The market is held in a nice, big, flat parking lot, too, so people in wheelchairs and parents pushing strollers can get around easily.
  2. It’s a fun outing for the whole family. Whoever happens to be home at the time hops in the car for the mile-long ride up to the intersection where the market is held. Sometimes that’s just my son and me. (My daughter, who used to volunteer at the market, works full time this summer, so she doesn’t often get to go any more.) This afternoon it was my husband and me. And one of our dogs. Which leads me to…
  3. Dogs are welcome. Anyone who knows me knows how attached I am to my dogs. The small border terrier, Kitty, doesn’t do well in crowds. But the big Chesapeake Bay retriever, Trimper, loves to see and be seen, and the farmer’s market is a perfect venue for him. There are usually other dogs there for him to visit with.
  4. It makes me proud of my community. I love that people in town pulled together to organize this market of ours, and I love that the market supports many small businesses and area farms. I’m always happy to see how many local farmers are there, selling their produce, baked goods, dairy items, and excellent meats. And it’s neat to see townspeople – and passersby on the busy route that leads to the airport – filling their bags and baskets.
  5. Oh, yeah: The food. There’s been a lot of talk on this blog about the role diet may play in the development, course, and management of MS. The general consensus is that eating healthfully benefits people with MS (and those without MS, too) by promoting overall good health. I can think of no better way improve my diet than to shop at the farmer’s market, loading up on dark leafy greens, purple beets, bright red strawberries, and rich, creamy yogurt, all grown or made within a few miles of my house. And if I should happen to also buy a delicious chocolate chip cookie from one of the vendors, well, that might be good for me, too, in its own way.
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Jennifer LaRue Huget, Blogger

Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is