This song, from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, came to my mind this weekend. During a tweet up for Dig for Texas at a San Antonio-area farmers’ market, someone remarked that “gardeners wouldn’t come to a market because they raise their own food.”
My love of markets may, on occasion, eclipse gardening. It’s the community-mindedness of them, I guess. Plus, I purchase plant starts at my market to fill our garden. Moreover, seeing as we keep a modest vegetable garden due to intense heat and sunlight our yard receives in the summer and other micro-climate matters, I count on the market for fresh fruits and produce pretty much year ’round.
So, yes, the gardener and the farmer can–and should–be friends.