In Praise of the Mid-Week Farmers' Market

We're talking about farmers' markets this week on The Kitchn, so I was bummed that I missed my own market this past Saturday morning. But then — wait! I realized that this was the very first week of a new mid-week, Wednesday evening market in my neighborhood. I love mid-week markets — do you have one in your town?

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I am not a morning person, and honestly, Saturday mornings are for sleeping, leisurely breakfasts, and reading a good book. Yes, I do get to the market sometimes, but it's all too often forgotten until 2pm when I smack my head in frustration at having missed the market again.

I lived in Orlando, Florida, for several years, and down there, the markets are all backwards. They are in the winter (not the summer — it's too hot then) and many of them are in the evening, instead of the morning (see: too hot). I've always wished for an evening market here in Ohio, partly for late-risers like me, and partly to take some of the pressure off the Saturday morning crush, which has grown to be elbow-to-stroller-to-dog-leash crowded.

So, lucky me! This very thing has just happened — our neighborhood's very first Wednesday night "Slow Down Market" took place last night and I loved it. It ran from 4:30 to 7:30, just the right time for people coming home from work or doing grocery shopping for dinner. It was quieter and sparser, although still well-attended by a good range of farmers, and I found it easier to get what I needed. I bought sunflowers and crocosmia, winey little grape tomatoes, tiny Fairy Tale eggplants, and a head of cabbage that feels like it weighs four pounds.

What about you? Do you have a local evening market? Do you prefer going then, or on Saturday morning?

My farmers' market: Clintonville Farmers' Market

Related: Why You Should Go to the Farmers' Market on Rainy Days

(Image: Faith Durand)