This is a photo of Mary Cat and Mimi, the forces behind the new Watertown Farmers Market. They are wet in this photo because the skies opened to baptize the first day of the Market in a downpour of rain. Nonetheless, when I visited, hearty Patagonia-clad locavores were coming and going, determined to do two things: (1) buy something tasty and (2) meet someone.
Yes, people were coming to buy kale and strawberries and japanese turnips (Well, they didn’t come looking for Japanese turnips, but they were glad to discover them). But they also came hoping to connect. I watched people lingering, coming up with excuses to start conversations, making two or three passes through the stalls, hanging around the edges, not because they needed more food, but because they hadn’t yet been fed relationally.
We are hungry for community — real community, just as we are hungry for real food. More and more studies show that we need both to experience deep joy. Scientists and social scientists are spelling out and measuring what is built into the DNA of all major religions and most ancient cultures: How we relate to our food and to one another matters deeply.
At CGS, one way we foster joy is by hosting special potlucks called Real Meals. Our next one is June 29th. Bring something you grew, something made from local produce, or a family recipe. Y’all come.
How are you satisfying your craving for real food and real relationship? How are you helping others do so?