A Long Way from Corn and Soy.

Most parking lots of big box stores in the midwest these days lack diversity. SUV after SUV after SUV. The parking lot that houses the Athens Farmers Market offers a little more variety, a variety, anyone who has driven up I-71 or across I-70 might be surprised to learn, goes way beyond corn and soy beans. The farmers from southeast Ohio have learned how to make the most of their resources (red clay-like soil and steep and winding foothills), allowing market visitors to enjoy a great diversity of foods and landscapes.

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The Athens Farmers Market highlights this diversity, while allowing visitors to experience the juxtaposition of the flat parking lot and the not-so-far-off hills.

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Even late in the morning, the produce was bountiful.

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And while the options were countless…

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… some choices were simple.

I’m happy to report that it was the Farmers Market, not the chain stores, that attracted the traffic during my Saturday visit. Even though I had to park in one of the furthest spots available, I didn’t mind the long walk. Not at all.

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2 thoughts on “A Long Way from Corn and Soy.

  1. Michael says:

    this post makes me want to go home… Also I swear that little cart there has the best espresso I’ve tasted this side of Rome. It takes forever, but man is it gooooood. Not to mention Crumbs Rolls, all the apple carts, etc etc etc….

  2. Matt says:

    I wish I’d appreciated that market more, much like the co-op store with the great deli across from Bob’s. Does that place even exist any more?

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