By Paula Dallacqua, Contributor
Looking for a way to pop the “K bubble” and get some grocery shopping done? Then check out the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market on Bank Street. It is about a forty-minute walk, a ten-minute bike ride, or a 5-minute car ride from campus.
With almost 100 different vendors that are categorized as artisan, grower, producer, or retailer, shoppers can find anything from greens to homemade soap to fresh-baked bread.
Between the hours of 9a.m.-12p.m., the Market is bustling with folks of all ages. Both veterans and newcomers are encouraged to engage in thoughtful conversation with the vendors: questions about food growing practices, artistry techniques, and general methodology are what make the Market buzz with an incredibly contagious energy.
Bank St. Market not only provides a diverse array of products and opportunity to cultivate buyer-seller relationships, but also a chance to explore Kalamazoo outside the confines of campus. The Market, filled with people actively seeking out connection with one another, is a source of replenishment after a long week of juggling activities and schoolwork.
At its core, the Market simultaneously develops and nourishes community—that intangible and beautiful thing we humans all seem to need at the end of the day.
The Bank St. Farmers’ Market is open through October on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7a.m.-2 p.m. In November, however, it will only be open on Saturdays from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Most vendors accept cash or check.