You may be familiar with the Law of Attraction (like attracts like), which made a big
splash several years ago with a book by the same name. But what you may not know
is that it is actually part of a group of seven universal laws. Another of those laws,
the Law of Rhythm is about the ebb and flow of life. It basically says that everything,
(trends, relationships, politics) is a pendulum that swings back and forth. That
pendulum may swing way out but it must always come back to center.
Over the past couple of years we’ve seen that law in action with the resurgence of
farmers markets. According to the USDA’s 2014 Farmers Market Manager Survey
(the most current survey out there) there are over 8,400 farmers markets
nationwide. But these aren’t your grandparents farmers markets.
At the Angola Farmers Market you can find things that Nana and Papa would never
have dreamed. For example, at the May opening an industrious young man had his
3-D printer set up (powered by car battery). While his booth partner sold his
Of course there plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, locally sourced meat, delicious
baked goods, plants and flowers, not to mention local honey. But the selection
doesn’t end with food. There are also homemade soaps, lotions, and salves as well as
laundry detergent and other cleaning products. Need some jewelry or perhaps an
outfit? Angola’s Farmers Market has it. What about some kitchen towels or blankets
or even a piece of furniture? Angola’s Farmers Market has those too. And don’t
forget all the wonderful art. You can find everything from wind chimes to glass yard
art, to melted records recycled into bowls. And that was just on the opening day.
They say it gets better as the season progresses!
So why is the Farmers Market becoming so popular again? Fresh, local food tops the
list, but it goes much deeper than that. Prices are often better and more competitive
than local stores. It provides a great source for organic food as well as nutritional
assistance and education for the community. Did you know WIC provides farmers
market vouchers to its clients? Markets also serve as a link for local food business
development. About a quarter of farmers markets have already helped incubate new
Maybe the best benefit of the Angola Farmers Market is that it increases community
engagement. In a time when we do almost everything electronically, it’s really nice
to get out and socialize without the use of a cell phone or computer. Most of the
vendors are regulars, so you’ll see the same faces every week. But there’s also a
chance to meet friends and catch up with those you might not have seen in awhile.
And so the pendulum swings. An old time tradition is made new again and we get a
chance to interact organically!
The Angola Farmers Market is located at the community center (old high school)
317 S. Wayne parking lot. It runs Saturdays 8-12 from now through October.
Starting in July it will also be open Wednesday mornings 8-12 one block north of the
mound in a new lot at the corner of Wayne and Gilmore.
Erika Celeste is an award-winning journalist who has worked in radio, print, television, and marketing. She owns and operates New Moon Media Group where she’s written several documentaries and books.