We think it’s finally time to introduce ourselves and allow our readers to meet the (wo)men behind the curtain. We (the omniscient beings that we are!) have thrust ourselves into the world wide web in hopes of reaching those here and far to bend their ear about a farmers market near and dear to our hearts. But while we started this blogging as a means to drawing crowds to the KSQ Farmers Market, we didn’t realize until we were actively logging our thoughts that this blog symbolizes much more than a weekly four hour veggie shopping spree, but rather is a place where we record how much a farmers market has created a satisfying lifestyle for us.
So, who are we? We are Abby Morgan, Mairi, and Sarah Reese – three twentysomethings who have, for one reason or another, found ourselves working together to create a vibrant community for others – and also, who have happily added greatly to our own quality of life by doing so. Abby has spent years in the dirt, digging potatoes and figuring out new ways to use mung beans. After graduating from Bard College, she teaches cooking classes for children, religiously attends every PASA workshop, and cheesemongers at the local cheese shop. Mairi is thisclose to graduating from Drexel University and is delving quickly into the innerworkings of sustainable community structures, with her jumping off point being Kennett Square. Sarah spent years falling in love with Chester County after gradutating from West Chester University, and tries her hand at food writing whilst cheesemongering and owning a vintage clothing shop. We are all wildy different but have found that our contrasting backgrounds have led us to similar places – specifically, the Kennett Square Farmers Market.

It seems like the idea of the farmers market (it’s so existential, man) has combusted into mainstream publications – even magazines like GQ and Vogue are making sure to write up exemplary inner-city markets or hidden gems of rural farms. One thing that seems to continue to go unnoticed, however, are the communities all over the country that are centered around farms and food. Hip, edgy and sustainable communities are peppered across the nation sans bright lights and flashing signs.

Our weeks are centered around Farmers Market Fridays – I’d hedge my bets that wherever I go, the market is filling my mind. We keep tabs on what’s coming to the market next week, so every trip to the library, magazine in the mailbox, or Chef’s Table program on NPR has me quickly memorizing  seasonal recipes, tailored to next weeks upcoming bounty. When I’m thrifting for vintage, I horde antique Mason jars to brighten up our market table. College parties have turned into planting parties, where everyone bands together to sow oats for the season to come. Even our after-market drinking sessions at the Half Moon are composed of gardeners, horticulurists, and heirloom farmers, where conversations always turn towards the Amish farm nearby who’s children scoot around on Razors and use Palm Pilots for inventory.

Everything we do goes back to one thing – food. And really, isn’t that what everything is supposed to be about? As humans, we’ve always based life around the things that sustain us, and it seems like over time, food has evolved into the instrument that satisfies both the stomach and the soul. So while we fall into an overlooked existence of the small town farming community, aren’t we really just a slice of the majority? As we continue our foray into market blogging, we hope to spread the word of what has proven to be a gratifying way of life.

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Abby in a whirlwind of excitement

Sarah and Mairi snacking at a market afterparty

Sarah and Mairi snacking at a market afterparty

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