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Turkish fast food: Real food fast

The definition of ‘fast food’ according to the Wikipedia is food cooked in build and in advance, kept warm or re-heated to order....

Slow Fish a great success

Slow Food in collaboration with the region of Liguria, has just finished celebr4ating the event Slow Fish 2007. It was a great success with 42,000 visitors, a much higher number than expected. ...

National Sea Change Task Force urges more flood studies

ABC Wed Jul 11 07 The Mayor of Maroochy Shire on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Joe Natoli, says it could be another 12 months before the CSIRO is able to undertake a flood modelling study in the Sunshine Coast region because the research body is under-funded. ...

Treechangers change country culture

An influx of treechangers into a rural community can keep population levels steady but it can change the needs and expectations within the community. ...

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Farmers Markets - Providing a place for connection

Farmers markets provide a great place to connect to fresh food, people, and community.  This connection is one of the basic tenets of the slow movement and the slow fool movement.

Although called farmers markets, in many cases farmers are not present. But usually, if the farmer is not behind the stall, at least there is probably someone who deals directly with the farmer there.  If there is only one middle person then the farmer is likely to receive 80-90 percent of the food dollar, which represents far more than through alternative outlets.

Farmers markets
Farmers markets

In the ideal farmers market the farmer is present and we the consumers have the opportunity to meet and talk directly with the producers of the food we are buying.  This allows us a greater connection with food and equally importantly, allows the farmer to get to know what their customers want. 

Farmers markets provide a valuable sense of community.  The markets are held within the community and this means you will be seeing locals every time you go.  This regular meeting provides an opportunity to ‘catch up’ and slow down – make a real connection ie be part of the slow movement.  Food and drink outlets have become a feature of many organic farmers markets now and these provide the opportunity to sit and while the time away with other people.

Farmers markets have the benefits of reducing transport, increased availability of fresh food, and greater connection to food and community.