Healthy Living

The Local Farmers Market

My family and I have begun patronizing our local farmers market. The market started a few years ago, but because we grow our own food to insure it’s organic, we never really visited it. I think we went one time last year just to see what they had.

The market started for this season the first Friday of June. We went and enjoyed it so much that we went back the next week. The first week we were looking for fresh local honey, which we found. The next week, we just went.

We met some really cool people and caught up with some we had met last year and the previous week. We bought goat’s milk soap that was really made from milk from their goats. Most goat’s milk soap comes from a kit. This was the real deal. And the family who was selling it was very friendly and informative.

We bought herbs from a very nice lady who knew her stuff. She was a neat person to visit with. I actually will be taking her some of my chocolate mint plant next time we go.

We bought an aloe vera plant from a nice couple. We already had one aloe plant and I had just bought one at Kroger the day before, but I don’t think you can have too many.

One fellow was selling tomatoes. We asked if they were organic, or what he used to fertilize. He said he uses organic fertilize and named what it was. We had never heard of it. Before the conversation was over he told us he uses triple thirteen on them. He and his wife began to tell us how using chicken manure, or any kind of manure is the worst thing you can do for tomatoes. We left without making a purchase. So, even at the farmers market you have to be on your toes to get clean food.

Let me put a good word out there for a couple of local youtubers. Check out Alderman Farms youtube channel. They produce some great vlogs. Mrs. Patty Alderman is the market manager for our farmers market and does a great job. She told us they had twenty-one venders this past Friday.

Also, check out the Mac’s Happy Homestead. They are doing some great vlogs. They have been selling their products both times we have been to the market.

One thing I have noticed at the market is that probably 90% of the venders are young people. It’s also families. It’s neat to see the younger generation returning to the farm. And it’s also neat to see the children involved and learning. The family with the goat’s milk products was mostly being done by the children. Even the little one, who was probably six or seven, was saving her money to buy a cow. I think that’s neat.

If you live within driving distance of Brookhaven, MS, or happen to be in our area on Friday, drop by Railroad Park in downtown Brookhaven and visit our farmers market from 8:00am until 12:00pm. I think it will be worth your time. Have a healthy and blessed week!

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