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?
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
(Image: Faith Durand)