Editorial: Markets offer more than good food

May 14, 2010 10:20:00 AM



While this page deals in differing opinions, there''s one thing we can surely all agree on: good food. 


Good, healthy food will be in abundance Saturday morning at the Hitchin'' Lot Farmers'' Market in Columbus, and the Starkville Community Market. 


But while fresh, locally grown produce and other foods are these venues'' bread and butter (and you probably will be able to find bread and butter), they offer so much more. 


Both will feature live music by local musicians. Crafts and antiques, artisan pottery, even flower pots can even be found. 


And something else both markets offer, that might even be more healthy: A wholesome, family-friendly gathering place for folks of all walks of life, in the heart of their downtown districts. We believe these ongoing markets, which both run through October, are more valuable than the cities'' large one-day festivals in that they give us this relaxed, convivial environment to enjoy each week, for months on end. 


Columbus'' market has had a covered space at the corner of North Second Street and North Second Avenue for some years now; Starkville has a new covered gathering place to enjoy, at the corner of Lampkin and Jackson streets. 


We urge residents who haven''t yet discovered these markets, to come out, support local farmers and craftsmen, and do something none of us do enough of these days -- meet our neighbors. 


Our bodies, and our cities, will be healthier for it.