Cape Riverfront Market

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I’m interning at the Cape Girardeau Food Bank and one of the opportunities I volunteer at is the new Cape Riverfront Market. I absolutely LOVE it! We opened up three weeks ago and it’s been very successful!

My part in volunteering is working the EBT machine. We were able to get an EBT machine that will allow those with food stamps or the SNAP program to use them at the Farmer’s Market. I think it’s such a wonderful idea and I am thrilled to be part of such a big difference!

I wanted to post because something happened at the market this Saturday and it kind of saddened me. For the most part the Farmer’s Market provides healthy options such as wonderful produce/vegetables, meat and various other food products such as honey and spices. There is however a cart set up that makes homemade doughnuts that are TO DIE FOR! Really, they are incredible.

About 15 minutes left of the market this woman comes walking quickly up not even wanting to stop to answer our questions. We commented she was walking very briskly and she said “I’m on a mission. Are the doughnut people still here?” We stated that yes they were and the doughnuts are delicious. She said “Yes, I know, we get them every time.”

Not even 5 minutes later she was walking once again, quickly out of the market with her daughter and husband trailing slowly behind. We asked if she got her doughnut and she said “Oh yes, we already ate them. That’s the only reason I come.” Joyce then stated exactly what I was thinking and yelled so the woman could hear “There are many other wonderful products here as well.” The lady complained it was way too hot and they were leaving.

This saddened me because I know there was no intention to come to the market other than the doughnuts. If it was way too hot, one wouldn’t come to the farmer’s market to get a very hot and fresh homemade doughnut and eat it outside. I guess it just rubbed me the wrong way because the Farmer’s Market as so many wonderful options and deserves to be taken the time to be looked at. I’m sure I’ll continue to see this woman and her family for their weekly doughnut. Maybe one day we can convince her to stay awhile longer.

farmers market

Some pros to volunteering at the Cape Riverfront Market is that on occasion we will be given some leftovers. I am thrilled to be a part of this community and will definitely be doing my weekly shopping as much as I can in the farmer’s markets located around Cape Girardeau because I love being able to talk to the farmer’s and makers of the products. I love knowing where my food has come from and the great personalities of them all. I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend 4 hours in the morning on a Saturday.

Q: Do you visit farmer’s markets?

Q: Do you enjoy going to them?