My wife and I went to the farmers market today in Ferguson,
We live just a few towns out from there and we missed the vendors that
we bought product from in the past. Mind
you, we thought about the past violence over the death of Michael Brown and we
like many others think his soul never received justice. That being said, the farmers market was
bigger now than it was ever before. A
band was playing, people were smiling, and the entire place was jammed to
capacity. We circled the parking lot for
a while just to find a spot. Thank you
Aldi’s for staying strong with Ferguson
and allowing the farmers market to share your parking lot!
Yes, there were our farmers that we had to just buy the
veggies from but there were church groups, community groups, and of course the
police had a stand too. All were just
passing out community organization news and information. It was an amazing site to see. And this was not just people of one color out
and buying fresh vegetables, it was all people of all walks of life. It was a community coming back into
itself. My heart was happy seeing all
that my heart could see.
I bought a couple of jars of homemade jams from some young
boys from Bohlen Family Farm that happens to be in Ferguson. Sunday morning I plan to test the blueberry
and strawberry jam out on some buttered toast.
Of all the farmers there selling products, these two boys impressed me
the most. One was white and the other
was African American. We talked for a
bit and it was just about what we bought at other stands. When we told them we bought fresh picked Mulberry’s
from a stand down the way they were upset because they have been trying to find
someone to supply them with fresh Mulberry to make jam with.
It was a great day. I’m
glad to see Ferguson coming back. I’m sure issues are still pretty strong and
heartfelt in the community but we all have to come back from it and learn that
we are in a process of change for the better.