Editor’s note: This week, to tie together our previous issue theme of My Economy with the upcoming theme on Sharing Food, we’re publishing a five-part series featuring vendors from the Goshen (Indiana) Farmers Market. Photographs are by Deborah Haak and words are by Elisabeth Wenger.
Robin is a former market vendor turned market customer—although as evidenced by the vendors cutting across the market floor to buy and (more often) barter at each other’s stalls, that is a line often blurred. Robin now helps Kate Lind at her table on Saturdays (“I’d do anything for her, she’s just that kind of person. She’s the real deal”), and she’s found her group of people here. “I’ve lived in a lot of places all over, but when I moved back here [to Goshen] I was initially kind of uncomfortable. But here,” she gestures to the market, “I’ve really found my place. The energy is so positive. It reminds me that there are people out here working for the same things I believe in, sustainable agriculture and community-building. That’s what we need for our children, and this market gives me hope that there will be people to continue doing this.”