|Palm Springs Villagefest|
Walking among the throngs of people last week at the Palm Springs weekly Villagefest, I wondered why so much interest among so many in street fairs.
|Christmas Market in Paris|
Can it be we are all desperate to embrace our uniqueness? Could it be that we actually like making a human connection with the vendors which is fulfilling and not frustrating? Is it because there is an increased interest in preserving local cultivators and sustainable farming? Or is it just a throwback to the rewarding experience of street markets and bazaars dating back centuries? Grocery chains, department stores or malls just can't deliver the same experience.
With all of the hub bub with the lack of transparency in recent years whether it be pink slime, no GMO labeling or manipulating our subconscious in what we purchase at the grocery store due to product placement, no wonder we revert back to a simpler format when given the opportunity.
I'd like to think we haven't evolved into zombies who succumb to only a national chain or brand as our only choice. By supporting local artisans, farmers and businesses too, we can ask questions directly to the vendors, we actively keep the money in our respective communities, we reduce our carbon footprint, we promote our neighborhoods' uniqueness and we can be all the healthier for it.
Now to my latest discovery at the Palm Springs Villagefest.
|No, not the Henna tattoos being marketed on the street|
|Not the Adobada meat on the rotisserie slathered in Red Chili Sauce|
|It was the Kettle Corn|