If you want to buy fresh vegetables and herbs in a marketplace, this is the place to do it.
From the shops in the heart of the town, to the markets in the centre, to those on the outskirts, steam markets are a place to find fresh produce.
The only catch?
And they’re not always safe.
The most famous and well-known of these markets is the Dekalb Farmers Market.
The Dekalbs are in the middle of a very dry winter and it’s a good time to be in the area.
“The temperature’s been dropping here all winter,” explains owner and farmer, John Kowalski.
So what do you do when you’re on a cold winter’s day in the countryside?
“It’s a bit like going out into the garden and you see the leaves on the grass.
You’ve got to pick it, but you’ve got a chance to eat it,” he explains.
For Mr Kowilski, this market has become a “living hell” for farmers who have to travel up and down the highway for the last few hours to reach their markets.
“You can see the market going up and the market is going down, it’s like a car wreck.
There’s a lot of people that are in wheelchairs and people that don’t have cars,” he says.”
I have to have a bus that has to go around here to go through the whole area to get to the other side of the road.
It’s not just the farmers, there are a lot more people, and there are just a lot less people.”
And that’s the crux of the problem for the Dekals.
They’re forced to rely on volunteers to get the market open and to make the stalls.
Mr Kowelski’s market is one of the few remaining in the region.
It sits in a very old house, which he bought for the fair last year, and it has been used for several years by his neighbours to sell their produce.
“We’ve had people come in from all over the world and we’ve sold a lot, but they can’t get into the market because it’s so cold,” he adds.
This year, he’s going to expand the market, and he’s also going to get some new equipment to help with the operation.
“I’ve got an air-conditioning system and a fridge and a cooler that’s going for about $50,000 to $60,000, which is a little bit more than $5,000 per year,” he laughs.
If you want a little taste of the atmosphere and the people, you can find a spot near the market.
But you can also find cheaper options, in a nearby supermarket, or in the town square.
You can even get away with going to a local market that’s less than an hour away, but that can be dangerous.
It’s hard to get a hold of the local community Mr Nettles has a similar experience.
“A lot of the people that come here are from the South End, or from the North End, so I have people that I don’t know,” he tells me.
And he has a plan to change that.
He’s going down to the Dekas to try and get the locals to help him build a new market in the old house.
He wants to buy a house in the new house, so he can make it more comfortable for the community.
“I don’t want to have to go back to the old place, I want to be able to grow and sell and buy things that I can do in the market,” he concludes.
In the meantime, if you want fresh produce, and don’t mind the crowds, you should check out the Dekers market for fresh veggies and herbs.
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