Shopping at your neighborhood's farmers market is an item on Neighbors Project's Neighbors Checklist because you're likely to meet your neighbors at that type of market. Those markets are usually on the weekend. But shopping at your downtown farmers market is also neighborly because buying your groceries in batches from multiple locations tends to increase your likelihood of supporting local stores and farms and decrease your likelihood of using a car to buy groceries. Having lived in a neighborhood that tended to get saturated with people driving to the nearby Costco every Saturday morning, I can assure you that that type of shopping ain't neighborly. Thanks to the people in cars, the streets with the local shops and neighborhood institutions were noisy, dangerous to cross and smelly; not exactly conducive to local businesses and chatting with your neighbors on the street.
I hate cooking (except baking) and don't know much about food in general. So it's really important for me to have good fruit, vegetables, cheese, breads and other basics around. That's what I slap together for meals. Otherwise I'll make myself sick eating an entire cake or bag of candy or pick up a slice. So getting basics from a farmers market is a key part of be a reasonably healthy and energetic person for me.
To do this Instructable, you'll need:
-Canvass or plastic bag(s)
-Transit pass or money for your train/bus commute
-A farmers market within walking distance of your job
This is written mostly for people who work in a walkable downtown and commute by train or bus.
Step 1: Find your Market
If you don't know if there's one near you, and are unsure of when it is, just google for it or ask one of your co-workers or your friends who you've seen with a bag from the market. The one I went to at the Civic Center in San Francisco runs from the early morning to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, but many markets don't operate beyond the late afternoon. Since downtown farmers markets usually only operate on one or two days of the weekday and are seasonal (San Francisco's markets are year round), it can be easy to forget. I recommend that you put it as a recurring appointment in your work and personal calendars so that it just becomes part of your routine.