What is the Farmers Market Lifestyle?
Fundamentally, it is a belief that a Community should be able to feed itself.
We, at The Farmory, LOVE the seasonal opening of other Farmers Markets in the area. This is good news!
If you are a farmer, producer or a seller, it is the way you bring your goods or services to Market. Another Market is welcomed, as it is more opportunity for you to establish customers and sell your product so you can grow more food and keep being a farmer. Being a local grower or producer means that the money earned is also spent within the community.
If you are a consumer, it is also good news. More choices about how to spend your dollars. We are a wonderful community that supports the local grower, maker or baker. Each Market has it’s own distinct “flavor” or “thing” or whatever. You will see many of the same vendors at various Markets, but one particular Market will be best suited to your schedule and life. Having more choices is good, because sometimes “life” happens and you can’t get to your favorite Market, but you still have to eat and you still want to SHOP LOCAL. We encourage you to spend time at the other Markets in the area. Each has it’s own special offerings.
You can trust me when I say, there is NO comparison to strawberries or greens that have been grown and freshly-harvested from healthy, organic, rich, worm-filled soil; to something picked and shipped from Mexico or SoCal last week.
Almost ALL of the food-borne illnesses you hear about in the news are from Big AgriBusiness, using industrial procedures to mass produce and preserve food.
Farmers Markets products are generally: fresher, cheaper, seasonal, safer, better variety and taste, healthier for you and supportive of a local economy.
Having said all that, here are the other local Markets:
Wed: Tuolumne Park
Fri: Twain Harte, Angels Camp
Sun: Copperopolis Town Square
So, what makes us different? What is our “flavor” at The Farmory?
*Organic and GMO-free (mostly) Although most of our producers are not “certified” organic, they all use natural practices to farm without the use of pesticides, herbicides or other toxic products or practices. The Bakers and Makers all use organic ingredients in their products. And if you are ever in doubt, just talk to them; they will be happy to share what is not organic and why they choose to use it. You will find many heirloom varietals available in the Market. Need to read about GMOs. Read this. . . or not.
*Open year-round, Wed, noon to 6 and Sat, 10-4. We mindfully set our hours to NOT conflict with other Markets. We want to be Cooperative, not Competitive with the other Markets. We want the Farmers, Bakers and Makers to have as much opportunity as possible to sell their products. Many of our Merchants will be found in multiple markets. We want you, as a shopper, to have as many choices as possible to support the local economy and we also want you to bring your friends and neighbors into this lifestyle.
*Indoors with Permanent Merchant Booths Rain or shine, heat or cold; we are open. Of course, if you have been into the building, you know we are not “climate-controlled” at all. If is is hot (or cold) out, it is hot (or cold) in. We are somewhat protected and insulated (12 inch concrete walls do offer quite a bit of protection) but we do not heat or cool the space very much.
Just as you shop at different Markets, you should also buy from different Farmers each week. Why? Food has whatever nutrients and minerals it collects from the soil it is grown in. Food grown in different places will have subtle differences in nutrient content. Right now (spring) you should be eating LOTS and LOTS of greens. Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. They also provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related problems, among many other effects. Dark green leaves even contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats. Perhaps the star of these nutrients is Vitamin K. A cup of most cooked greens provides at least nine times the minimum recommended intake of Vitamin K, and even a couple of cups of dark salad greens usually provide the minimum all on their own. Recent research has provided evidence that this vitamin may be even more important than we once thought (the current minimum may not be optimal), and many people do not get enough of it. EAT MORE GREENS!
*The Buying Club and Raw Milk This is the BIG difference. This was our starting place; as a well-established Buying Club that needed more space. Combining with a Farmers Market just made sense. You can get most of what you need in one place. Fresh, local items, as well as non-seasonal, non-local grocery and produce items.
*The Community. I think we have all worked at getting to know one another again. We can sit, linger, talk to neighbors. We are very diverse in our opinions about politics, religion, education, health issues, child-rearing; BUT we all can agree and come together on Real Food. We are a group that thinks “organic” is not just a Marketing Scam, but a lifestyle. We don’t need to see a sticker on a piece of fruit to know it has been “certified,” because we have talked to the farmer and we know his practices. If you are a Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, GAPS Eater, allergic, whatever, you can get what you need to nourish your family with Real Food.
Perhaps a bit of bias, but I do love The Farmory the best. 🙂