Picture this: the bright sun beaming down, shoppers chatting with vendors as they scoop up bags full of beautiful, organic vegetables.
Picture this: the bright sun beaming down, shoppers chatting with vendors as they scoop up bags full of beautiful, organic vegetables. Music playing in the background. This may sound too good to be true, what with today's super-stores. But this place does actually exist. It is the Louisville Farmers Market.
In 2008, Louvillian Kelly Williams started the market with 11 vendors. She wanted to start something to reflect Louisville's unique community, because traveling to Boulder's Farmer's Market just wasn't working for most Louvillians. The market now boasts 55 vendors, over 500 patrons per week, and is a staple of the Louisville community. Louisville resident Mireya has been visiting the market since it opened. She mentions that,
"It's fun to meet neighbors [at the market], plus I can bring my dog!" That's just the kind of community the Farmer's Market is, a place where neighbors can mix and mingle, and so can their dogs!
But the Farmer's Market is obviously not just a social event. There is business going on too. Williams says that the Farmer's Market helps people "buy local", which then keeps Louivillians money in Louisville. Also, these small businesses get good publicity, so people are more likely to keep buying from them. Plus, eating local, organic and pesticide free vegetables keeps the town healthy and happy!
Every vendor I talked to said that they have great business at the market and that they love the people there! Take the owner of Ness's Salsa. She says that she likes the "friendly, small town atmosphere of the market," and is quick to add that she sells out every time! The couple that owns Pastured Pork brings their two young kids to the market. They say that the market has a "great family environment" for their children.
If you want to have a wonderful Saturday morning this fall full of music, sunshine, chatting, and tons of different and delicious food, come on down to the Louisville Farmer's Market. It runs every Saturday through October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Front Street in Downtown Louisville. Everyone is welcome!