The Bow Little Market is an all volunteer cooperative effort working towards recreating community resiliency through local economy and network building. The market is not a place or a board of directors, it is the agreement between volunteers, customers, producers and neighbors to meet at an agreed upon spot on a country road miles away from the city. The Market Ladies and Men, would like to think that we are helping to create a new economy, one that is healthier and happier for people and communities, while we address the global threats of resource depletion, economic, social and climate instability.
As usual, children are a central focus to the market. Steve Hoffman of the NW Center for Sustainability and Innovation and his sons Galen and Forrest were there leading a kid's music workshop, and there were free pumpkins for kids. As a parent, I find it essential to include children in our positive responses and actions. Thank you Hoffman Family for being such a wonderful part of the market this year!
This years 3rd Annual Food Swap was a celebration of rural can do spirit and informal economy. There was a great selection of plants, seeds, food, and medicine that criss-crossed across the market. Aronia and gooseberry bushes, bean, corn, potato, squash seeds, fresh potatoes, cabbage, winter squash, gourds, garlic, peppers, mushrooms, beets, carrots, apples, dried beans, tincture, chocolate, coffee beans, canned tuna, apricot jam, syrup, salsa, pickled asparagus, poor man's capers, goat cheese, and lots more was up for trade.
Finally, the day was capped off with our annual vendor pizza party with pizza from our local pizzaria, the Pizza Shack. It was a moment to gather and tell everyone how much we appreciate them. Waylon, my two year old's favorite thing to do is to go the market because the vendors have become part of our family. I helped to start this market out of love and concern for my children's future, but now my motivations have grown to include the love and respect I have for our market community.