If you're hungry right now, it may not be a good idea to read my column.
Or maybe it is. Imagine the tender flesh of a tomato in early summer. The stoplight colors of bell peppers. Or the satisfying snap of a fresh green bean, just before the first crisp bite of the season.
Now, head to Main Street on May 1 for the start of the Davidson Farmer's Market summer season.
The market began in 2007 as a grass-roots effort headed by locals who wanted to provide our community with locally grown food and a message of sustainability. There are now 12 board members, who oversee the market's mission of providing locally grown food and sharing the importance of nutrition.
This year, 30-35 farmers will participate, boasting everything from produce such as eggplants, arugula and pears to more unusual items, such as ostrich meat, artisanal cheeses and free-range eggs.
"We try to have as much variety as possible, ranging from your berries, greens and fruits to some more surprising things, such as over 20 different varieties of tomatoes," said Mary Jane Leach, market manager.
Leach feels strongly about the benefits of local food. "To me, it doesn't make sense to buy from a supermarket what I can actually grow myself," she said.
The community tends to agree. Leach says that most market-goers return about twice a month.
"I think, here in Davidson, we have a group that's educated about sustainability and dedicated to eating locally," Leach said.
Leach said she feels the success of the market is partly due to the feeling of community that it creates. "When you get people together like this, centered around food, a lot of wonderful things can happen," she said.
The new season brings something new to celebrate; the market recently achieved status as an independent nonprofit. Leach says they will continue to go out to the schools, work with the college and educate the community.
Leach says a recent winter tailgate market drew more than 300 people, so here are a few tips for locavores before you head to the blue tents, next to Town Hall, between Main and Jackson streets.
1. Go early. The market runs from 9 a.m.- noon, and as they say here in the South, "The best stuff gets gone."
2. Bring cash. Most folks don't accept credit or debit cards.
3. Have fun. It's a great spot for kids and a wonderful way to get to know your community and its growers.