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.
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.
Even late in the morning, the produce was bountiful.
And while the options were countless…
… 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.