One of the strongest arguments for farmers markets (and for urban farming programs like the one that occupies Vanguard Cabinet member Whitney Sewell) is the frequency with which I am asked why the markets are not open year-round. Most local farmers markets, especially the small ones, are tied to local farms. They sell what the farmers have grown ' and their crops have seasons. Even with advances in extending growing seasons, there aren't a lot of things coming out of the ground in this part of the Midwest in mid-winter. (The popular Tower Grove Farmers Market, for example, closes in November and re-opens in May.)
Understanding where our food comes from, when, and how are important parts of being a healthy city. Farmers markets reconnect city residents to farmers in the region ' and farmers to urban communities.