I guess philosophy is questioning what we believe and take for granted in order to develop a better sense of what is.
What is the farmers’ market? Who are the vendors, and what motivates us?
This is my belief: we are motivated firstly by community, and secondly by profit. We have to earn a yield, it is true, but that is not the prime mover of our endeavor. It is the community that develops around the transactions that occur which may be the driving force of what we do (I dare not attempt to speak for all of us vendors – indeed, only myself).
The city has provided our community with a beautiful space to show and sell our wares, and we are blessed to have a market manager who would probably have an easier time of herding cats, but thanks to whose diligence our market remains intact and coherent.
And so, what I’m trying to say is that we are a community, and it takes all kinds. There is room for growth. Not infinite growth, but just the same, we are sustained by the presence of our members – vendors and customers alike.
Our most effective advertisement is word-of-mouth. No need to guilt folks into coming – just mention where you’re going, put the idea in peoples’ heads, and let time take care of the rest.
If you got this far, thank you and have a wonderful day!