A gentleman at this weekend's farmers' market asked me "How long do you think farmers' markets have been around?" I thought about it a minute and replied, "I would guess they've been around as long as there has been farmers." He raised his eyebrow at me and said, "I suppose so." It was a simple enough exchange on the surface, but it left me pondering the question.
Where I hadn't given it much consideration before, I realized "the market" really is a long-held tradition for farmers, craftsman, and artisans to exchange goods, and I love being part of that tradition. It is a more personal exchange compared to shopping at the big-box stores, and it impacts the community in a way big-box stores can't. Where else can you meet the person who grew your onions or made the bowl you put your soup in or the brownie you lose yourself in? While all shopping venues serve a purpose and a need in each community, whether it is creating jobs, providing services, or selling goods, it is the local business owners and the one-on-one contact between producer and consumer that gives the experience more heart. It is also very nice to meet the consumer face to face, to shake their hand, and to hear their stories, an aspect of the market I am enjoying quite a bit.
Many of my pieces are available exclusively through Latigo & Lace in Augusta, Montana. It is a beautiful shop with a wide array of outstanding work from artists around the state.
Augusta is a small community seated at the trailhead of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It is definitely worth the day drive to visit the town, enjoy the gallery, eat a burger and have a local Wilcoxson's ice cream cone at Mel's Diner or try Montana's pork chop sandwich with an adult beverage at The Western Bar & Grill. A trip into The Bob provides spectacular views, excellent camping and fishing, and a great get away from the rat race of the day-to-day.
The first Great Falls Farmer's Market of the year went off Saturday, June 3. It was a beautiful day with a good turnout. I loved getting to visit with everyone that stopped by, and I look forward to next week's show. I'm excited for the rest of the season and to meet even more of you!
In the meantime, I'm working on some new pieces and hope to have them fired and on display within the next two shows. If you can't make it to the market, I will have all of my items listed here on my website, and I can ship to anyone, anywhere.
I hope to see you either at the Saturday shows or here on the web! Happy days to all of you!
Passing on news and occasional ponderings.