I've been wanting to visit a local Farmer's Market for a while now and finally got down to doing it last Sunday. We chose to go see Campbell Farmer's Market in Campbell, California and returned with some fresh groceries (and some pictures taken with a point-and-shoot).
If you are not familiar with the concept, a Farmer's Market is a once-a-week event that happens in cities across the US. The idea is for farmers to take their produce straight to consumers ie. sans the middlemen. They usually take place at one of the downtown streets or at a park.
Apart from the direct marketing of fruits and vegetables, you will also find stands selling spices, fast food, pickles and Jams, flowers, baked desserts and even fish and Jewellery. At the Campbell Farmer's Market we even found a photographer selling his photographic works. Oh, and there was a lot of music too as there were several performers stationed in between the stalls. Some of them were singing for money and others were performing as well as selling their records.
Walking through a farmer's market is quite a delight. Here are some sights from Campbell's Farmer's Market:
--> Campbell Farmer's market takes place on SUNDAYs--> The stalls come up between Campbell Avenue and 2nd Street.--> You'll find parking @ N.2nd Street and Civic Center Drive at a multi-level public parking facility. Parking here is FREE.