Being a teacher is cool on many levels but one of my favorites are breaks when other people are working, like Spring Break ’09! I was able to check out The University of Arizona Farmer’s Market today, where I was pleasantly surprised.
I am never sure about Farmer’s Markets, sometimes they are huge and sometimes they have one or two vendors. This one wasn’t huge but it was the first real time that I was able to chat with a farmer or two. I guess the Sunday one I go to is usually too crowded to have these meaningful conversations.
I met the M&M rancher who grew grass fed beef and cage free chicken eggs. I asked him what kind of feed he gave his chickens (and I knew what I was looking for in an answer). He said they were out the in the yard most of the day so they ate grasses and bugs, some ground feed.
I also met the Local Harvest Marketplace people whose local business recently went down. I just found out about them a few days ago while reading an old Green newsletter and went down to Speedway to check them out but I had missed them by a few days and only came upon a FOR RENT sign. They will however be at The St. Phillips on Sunday so check them out.
Eating produce locally is getting easier and easier by the day.