On this historic day it's only fitting that I digress from pure gardening topics to talk about something dear to my heart and somewhat in keeping with the gardening theme. I'm talking about the power of community and people. Despite getting laid off last summer, I have some very fond memories of the summer. This comes from my involvement with our local farmers' market. When a people really want something, they will make it happen.
Just a little over a year ago I had a discussion with a couple of women at our book club. Each of us had moved to our town (or moved back in the case of one) in the last few years and we were wondering why there was no farmers' market, especially since we lived in such a rural community. And then the discussion led to..."I wonder if we could start one ourselves?". Hmm, none of us really knew anything about what it would take. But then again, hmm, what if we just asked the community to help us? So we set about putting up flyers, setting up a Yahoo group, and then inviting those folks who signed up to a meeting. And thus our farmers' market was born.
In a short couple of months we opened the market. At our peak we had maybe 10 vendors. Not huge but they were happy and the customers were happy. In no time it became a real gathering place - kids, dogs, friends, just catching up and enjoying the sense of community. Make no mistake, it took a lot of work by a lot of people. But we were lucky to have the right mix of know-how in our volunteers (we're an all volunteer driven market right now). And this year's market should be better than last years.
So what does this say about the power of people? Yes, we can.