Farmer's markets have become all the rage all over the country in recent years. I'm not sure what brought it on, but something tells me it has something to do with the cultural shift we have experienced in terms of finding local foods that are, according to someone, healthier than those shipped across country in large, refrigerated trucks. We also like to support our local farmers and food growers.
I think it might have something to do with some lady I saw on the Food Network who owns a restaurant down in the Bay Area of California (Oakland, San Francisco) who may have started the whole thing when she began featuring local produce in her menu items. People flocked to her restuarant.
Whatever it was that started the whole thing, I'm happy about it. I just wish the local farmers could compete just a little better with those in grocery chain stores. You know, those pink tomatoes with little flavor are cheaper than those big, juicy, lush tomatoes your farmer brought to market; but not by much.