We have a rather nice farmers market here in Spokane.
Several in fact, but the one I usually use is open Wednesdays and Saturdays eight AM to 1 PM.
Mid May to Mid October on Saturdays and Wednesdays, about a month at either end only Saturdays.
It is located off the Division Exit of I-90. Just to the south of the highway. 5th and Division, 5th and Brown. There is a small field there that you can see from the highway.
Why this particular market? Well, loyalty for one thing because we were involved for a number of years selling hand spun yarn from our sheep and goats up at the farm. Finally we just got too busy and had to cut back on that activity. (Though I still spin on occasion and the carding equipment exists in the basement.)
Locally-produced food is undoubtedly better tasting and better for you and the planet.
Alice Waters from the Wall Street Journal
“This movement [valuing local food] poses a threat to fast-food businesses and industrial food companies, both of which I predict will continue to shape-shift and co-opt their values for profit. As long as their products continue to be supported by government subsidies, they will be successful. The reality is that the sustainable-food movement’s reach will grow only to a point and ultimately will be limited to those with access, means and education—unless legislators dramatically change food and agriculture policy.
I think that those in government will come back to their senses in the coming years and begin to subsidize farms instead of factories. As access to real food becomes increasingly divided between the haves and the have-nots, food security will become even more of a social-justice issue.”
(A good example oF corporate interest shape-shifting was the Starbuck’s infamous series of field trips to actual local coffee bars to see what ideas they could come up with to seem more “real.” Apparently they took up a lot of space for a time and bought no competitor’s coffee.)
Here by the way is one of our favorite coffee roasters:
(Great coffee–you’ll find some and a grinder in your unit, but visit them too–right across the river in Kendall Yards)
The Farmers Market sadly offers no coffee, but makes up for it with several great bakers, cheese makers, organic meat (Beef, goat, pork, chicken) seedlings, flowers, wonderful fruits and vegetables in season, and eggs.
On weekends, when our little flock cannot possibly keep up with demand, we sometimes supplement our egg production with other home-kept chicken’s offerings.
Anyhow, the market is easy to find and not five minutes away by car, or an easy bike ride. Go east on the Highway to Division St exit, bear right, go right at the light and it is there to your right. Or wend your way through town, under the highway and follow 5th east until you run into the market field.