The first Farmers Market of the season in Delhi was today. I helped Aissa run her farm stand and I had a blast. I never realized how much work goes into these kinds of things. I have never really been to a Farmers Market before; I have been to many flea markets and such but I've never spent time at a Farmers Market. Today there were so many amazing, locally grown and hand crafted products. There was everything from flowers, honey, crafts, cheese, produce and pickles. The street was lined with farm stands and it was phenomenal. Every single one of the vendors I met were very polite to an unfamiliar face. They were kind hearted, helpful, and proud of their work. They should be, I know I would be!
I've always heard about local farmers and local growers and such, and I've always heard about how much healthier it is, how much more beneficial it is for everyone to shop locally, but I had always found it kind of hard to do so. I was either too lazy to go to the Farmers Markets, or I never took the time to stop. I didn't really think about it and it was unfortunate of me. I never quite realized how much variety there was in locally grown products. Now that I've spent time at a Farmers Market, meeting all of the vendors and looking at their lovely hard work, I realize how much better buying locally really is. It's helpful to the community, beneficial for your health, and honestly sometimes I think it's easier than driving hours away for groceries when most of what you buy at a grocery store is available locally.
Blog and Photos by Desiarie Fairbairn
Trading her stilettos for muck boots, Aissa O’Neil left a successful career as a fashion designer in NYC to pursue farming full time in 2001. After years of study and apprenticeships in cheesemaking she opened her on-farm creamery 2013.