Friday, May 22, 2009

Tomorrow At St. Stephen's Market

Just a little heads up from the Market at Saint Stephen's Church....
"This week at the Market: Come early this Saturday- Graduation at St. Catherine's School, our neighbor across the street, takes place this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. If you live in the neighborhood, you may want to walk or bike to the Market this week. Regardless of whether you walk, bike or drive, come early to avoid parking issues. We'll reserve some spaces,but early arrival is recommended.
Here are a few of the things you can expect to see at the Market this Saturday:
strawberries
asparagus
turnip greens
assorted lettuce
Swiss chard
spring onions
free-range chickens
pork
And of course, there are other goodies as well...homemade pasta and sauces, granola,biscotti, muffins and other baked goods, coffee, freshly-squeezed limeade, handmade soaps and lotions, crafts and gifts and much more! Remember your reusable bags,cash and checks (not everyone takes credit or debit cards)."

I vistied this market on it's opening day (watch for our upcoming podcast) and it was great to see shoppers, many of whom seemed to be new to the blossoming Richmond Farmers Market experience! Same was true for the West End Market at Ridgefield Pkwy. If you live near these markets be sure to them out. People have worked very hard for many months to bring fresh, locally grown produce , pastured meats, and the full market experience to your community.
It was fantastic to see families walking their dogs, and pushing strollers to the Market at St. Stephen's on its opening day. I didn't witness this at the Far West End Market on it's first day, but friends who live near there say that since this market has opened, more and more people are actually walking to the market! I find this very encouraging. To me this is evidence that the value of a market far exceeds the wonderful foods it offers.

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