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     The Genius Loci or Spirit of a Place has always held great emphasis and value in my personal spirituality, world view and cosmology. I have always purposefully sought out to engage the spirit of any land I have held residence with. As a veteran this includes numerous civilian domiciles and military bases both foreign and domestic. In my experience I have often found the most direct route to connecting with Genius Loci is through the community market places, like the local Farmers’ market.

     It was only recently that I heard the term Locavore, which is someone who makes an effort to consume from locally produced food sources. There are many benefits to being a locavore and shopping at a Farmers’ market; the food is often organic or at the very least, fresher, much healthier and always seems to just taste better. Every one benefits financially as well when you buy direct from local growers, the cost is lower, the money stays in the community and stimulates the local economy. But for me, the greatest benefits are by far more Magical.

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  • Joseph Merlin Nichter
    Joseph Merlin Nichter says #
    Thank you for this important information. The possibility never occurred to me based on my own limited experiences, here in the va
  • Sandra
    Sandra says #
    Buyer beware in Ontario as well. Farmers markets can advertise "grown locally" as long as the product comes from Ontario. That m
  • Selina Rifkin
    Selina Rifkin says #
    I recently learned that just because something is sold at a farmer's market, that does not mean it was produced or grown locally.

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