Everyone wins at farmers market

History isn’t totally clear on the origin of farmers markets.

Back in the Middle Ages, there must have been local fairs where farmers sold their goods, just as there are in our modern times.

The markets allow farmers to deal directly with the public. No middlemen. Farmers benefit from the money they earn. Consumers are happy because they can obtain fresh, seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables that might not be available at a big store.

Sometimes, the markets provide vegetables that are organic or special in some other way. In addition, local money stays local.

Rome is fortunate. Despite this past weekend’s raw weather, it won’t be long before things warm up, and we can enjoy our own farmers market.

The Berkshire Rome Vendors Market will return to the parking lot on the south side of the 100 block of West Dominick Street this year, according to organizer Judith Wagner, whose farm participates in the market.

The market will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays from May 4 through Nov. 2, rain or shine. New vendors can contact Wagner at 335-6748 to apply.

For some good food and fun in shopping, make it a point to stop at Rome’s farmers market.