Reviews for: Redlands Saturday Certified Farmers' Market
Organic Produce Brings a Community Together
By: Theresa Dale (Jun 10, 2011)
As the aroma of locally grown organic fruits and vegetables wafts through the air, I realize how fortunate the citizens of Redlands, CA and the surroundings cities are to have the benefit of an organic market EVERY Saturday morning.
With my large cup of freshly brewed coffee from an INDEPENDENT coffee house, I peruse the bounty of our local agriculture and take great care in my selections, talking with the farmers and their families about their various offerings, ranging from delicious oranges and sweet Meyer lemons, the juiciest strawberries and crisp asparagus, zucchini, green onions, sweet carrots, just picked celery and greens, to beets (so yummy when cooked and pickled with onions), and sweet Maui onions, mild red onions and fresh bulbs of garlic.
Oh, there's the egg stand with eggs gathered that morning from the nest; eggs that with just a little milk and water make the fluffiest omelets filled with tomatoes and cheese, and onion with a little bell pepper (all from the Farmers' Market!). Then there's the herb stand with aromatic oregano and basil, marjoram and thyme and so many fresh herbs that add character and depth to any dish.
As I visit this market almost every Saturday, friendships are forged not just with the farmers but with the other regulars who are drawn to this special place that for 6 days and 21 hours every week is a community parking lot. For those three hours every Saturday morning, the corner of 5th St and Redlands Blvd is a community gathering spot where old and new friends collectively support local agriculture, catch up with each other, share recipes and preparation tips, swap gossip, and gripe about politics and the local state of affairs.
For a brief period, the world seems to be a better place. A leisurely pace and uplifted spirit prevail. Amazing that organic produce transforms the crazy information overloaded lives we live into an era reminiscent of the simpler times when the general store was the hot spot for news and information and people took the time to know their neighbors. For 3 hours a week, my home town experiences heaven on earth on a small piece of pavement where you will find the best tasting produce imaginable.
One thing has not changed over time . . . the earth's bounty still brings people together. May it continue long beyond my lifetime.