Most places we live, to be sure, have hearts. A city's downtown, for instance. But the places truly worth caring about also have a soul. Without a doubt, Kent's soul is the Haymaker Farmers' Market. It's something Casey so beautifully touched on when she wrote about the market. And it's something I had on my mind Saturday when the market opened for the first time this year.
Farmers' markets represent, to me, what's truly best about people. There's such a sense of community at ours, and yesterday felt in many ways like a family reunion (better food, fewer sack races). There's the idea that your friends and neighbors are there, helping provide you the food you need to survive and thrive, and are sharing with you the fruits of their labor. You're shaking the hand that feeds you, and by doing so you are voting for the very best kind of food choices in the future.
Markets are traditional, they're rooted in our more collective past, and help foster togetherness in ways rarely seen these days. These thoughts kept swimming in my head late last night when, after a day spent outside with Casey kicking our backyard into high gear - more on that later - I couldn't get to sleep. So I sat down and put these thoughts to pixel and played with creating an identity for the Haymaker market. Here's where I am:
I had a great time working on this, because I really love our market. I hope it captures what I think of most when I think of the way we spend our Saturdays all summer. Traditional. Rooted in a more optimistic time. Green. Like everything when I find myself inspired and designing in the wee hours, it's a work in progress. But that's how I like it, I think - always inspired, always tinkering.