Why do I enjoy farmers markets?

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Why do I enjoy farmers markets?

I love farmers markets.That’s why I really love it when Liberation BC gets to have a table at a farmers market.

Roxy, Emma, and Neda being awesome

Roxy, Emma, and Neda being awesome

The West End Market is the least exciting of the 3 markets we’ve tabled at. Trout Lake is always the best. Kitsilano is nice and small, but people hang around and chat a lot. At the West End Market people come and go quickly. Not a lot of people stop to chat.

Still some do, just not as many as I would like (which I guess means everyone).

We had some nice conversations through the morning. One guy talked to us and then emailed me an article he had read recently about rich countries actually buying up farmland in poor countries. To me this does not seem like a nice thing to do.

Eating meat uses up immense amounts of resources – resources that could be much more wisely used if we ate closer to the source (i.e. plants). This is just common sense – and it is going to become a human rights issue very soon, I imagine. As we continue to take more and more food from poor countries to feed to our pigs, cows, and chickens, (and cars) they are going to get poorer and poorer, their land more and more degraded. By buying their land from them, the rich countries are ensuring that they will have the land to grow crops that they need without having to worry about the residents of the countries where they are growing the food. Very convenient.

On a lighter note, there were vegan cinnamon buns at the market, so I had a nice time sitting with my cup of coffee and cinnamon bun trying to write in the sun.

Vegan cinnamon buns from Blackberry Hill bakery

Vegan cinnamon buns from Blackberry Hill bakery

Crowds at the market

Crowds at the market

Chocolates from Bad Girl Chocolates (many are vegan)

Chocolates from Bad Girl Chocolates (many are vegan)

This was our last market for the year. It’s good to have animals represented at the market in a form other than dead meat. Someone needs to be able to speak up for them when so many view them as simply “resources”. It’s a sad and slow struggle, but I am heartened by the growing number of people who are eating less meat (one guy even said he only eats meat a couple of times a week). We are in our little Vancouver bubble, but it’ll spread, I’m sure.


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