Tired of tasteless fruits, insipid vegetables, bland food, and souless supermarkets? Why not try your local farmers markets and reconnect with people and your community. There is more to life than convenience and I now support my local my local Farmer's

by Charles Stirton July. 29, 2007 15377 views

Bath Farmer's Market every Saturday

The main emphasis of these markets is that they help local producers, processors and manufacturers to sell their goods near their source of origin, creating benefits to them and to the local community.

The markets give an advantage to the producer over selling to a middleman, and they benefit the local economy. In addition they create many social and health opportunities. Last but not least they help the environmental sustainability of the local area by encouraging organic production, reducing transportation miles, pollution, packaging and waste, and by promoting associated recycling activities.

Farmers’ Markets place an emphasis on added value, quality and freshness. They often have associated music and festival events, sometimes with a seasonal theme. They aim for an atmosphere which is vibrant, upbeat and fun, helping to revitalise urban centres and to make shopping a sociable and enjoyable experience.

View this site [oursouthwest.com] for a more detailed account of the numerous benefits Farmers markets bring local communities.

Farmer's markets have become very popular in the UK over the last decade. The markets are held at Green Park Station in central Bath every Saturday. There is a wide variety of local produce that is sold directly by the people who produced them; all goods come from under 40 miles away.

I have even discovered a twin Bath Farmers Market in Maine USA [bathfarmersmarket.com]. Jacksonville USA is just one example of a thriving US farmers market - the model adopted for British farmers markets. The short documentary and interview [video.google.co.uk] covers all the different benefits of Farmers markets.

1. View of main market area in the old refurbished Green Park Railway Station.

2, Local veg and fruit vendors.

3. Here every Saturday.

4. Enticing the locals.

5. Local strawberries.

6. A few of the onions on display.

7. Anyone for lettuce?

8. Mushrooms in all sizes.

9. Sunflowers are coming into season.

10. Rainbow carrots.

11. My favourite chard.

12. Not much need for these this summer!!!

13. A local cheese.

14. Collectables.

15. The Video and CD man.

16. Hand made scarves.

17. Pretty bows.

18. Locals viewing and discussing plans and model for a major new riverside development.

19. Yeeeees……..

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Charles Stirton 13 years, 7 months ago

The worrying thing about relying on supermarkets with a global ecological footprints is that most of it is flown or shipped in and is stored in wharehouses until distributed for consumption. The wharehouses have about two weeks supply until they are replenished! We live in a fog of [url=http://www.photoblog.com/sevendipity/2007/07/31/]myopic stupidity[/url].

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Stormfish 13 years, 7 months ago

that's a bit of nostalgia, my friend. we have these local markets here, too. problem is, if you don't accept their prices being almost double what you'd pay in the supermarket, you end up supporting a pre-modern distribution concept of goods.

--> simplicity? ;-)

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Michelle 13 years, 7 months ago

I agree..Great set!

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Magpy 13 years, 7 months ago

how fun! I really like the shot with the mushrooms

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Christine 13 years, 7 months ago

Bravo ! I applaude ! The food looks delicious

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Viktorija 13 years, 7 months ago

everything looks so fresh... and it seems my hunger is awake:)

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Fred Wong 13 years, 7 months ago

Very good idea. I am sure I will copy your idea. haha..!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Freyja 13 years, 7 months ago

A very original set!Great job!

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Howard 13 years, 7 months ago

Makes my local Farmer's Market look like a crap hole. Nice pics and choice.

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Hazza 13 years, 7 months ago

i am so jealous, seven;
i tried to do something similar at my local shopping centre recently but got bailed up by 2 security guards and threatened with police for taking photos without permission
(see pics posted on 13 july 2007)

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Jan Eljapa 13 years, 7 months ago

love #6 the most..Great work on all of them.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sean 13 years, 7 months ago

Very nice set. I have a farmer's market by me every Saturday. I'll have to check it out.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jan 13 years, 7 months ago

Yes I have angels just take look in my photos you will se one more there. nice shots thanks.

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Charles Stirton 13 years, 7 months ago

How true [b]Artbug.[/b] Yesterday's traffic jam posting was also taken at this market. You just do not get the terrific variety of unusual preserve and jam choices at supermarkets.

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Krystyna Knypl 13 years, 7 months ago

very interesting market.

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
Aimeric 13 years, 7 months ago

lots of variety !
yes for local markets ... :o)

13 years, 7 months ago Edited
K 13 years, 7 months ago

Everything seems so neat!!

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