Editor’s Note: It’s our goal here at Weelunk to foster community engagement and spark positive action in Wheeling and beyond. Today, we’re sharing an essay submitted by Matthew Rafa, the co-market chair of the Warwood Farmers Market. He shares his perspective on the value that farmers markets offer by improving health and building a stronger community that is accessible to everyone. With next week being National Farmers Market Week, we couldn’t think of a better time to share this story.
In 2019, NPR covered a story on the saturation of farmers markets and cited too few farmers and customers to support the increase. There is a shortage of farmers nationwide, but we are truly fortunate to have some amazing farmers in our area, while the demand from shoppers for local markets has exploded. There’s only too few current farmers market shoppers…not too few potential shoppers.