Sadly, I have moved on from Athens, OH. While I am pretty sure I won’t ever find another local food community quite like that of Athens, I am ready to see what Minnesota has to offer. The state lays claim to a life expectancy well above the nation average and it shows. It is refreshing to see so many people staying active outdoors, especially bikers, and countless retirees bee-bopping around like they’re younger than me.
Maybe there’s something in the air, or maybe it’s the 10,000 lakes that urge people to get out an enjoy their lives. Either way, it’s a great place to live. It is far more enticing in the summer though so I may be running for my life when the Minnesotan winter rolls in.
I have moved back in with my parents (like many college graduates) and am floundering to begin my next chapter in life. One thing that has remained steady through my college career and post grad life is my love for good, local food. While spending a month with my sister in north-eastern Ohio I went to the Hudson Farmer’s Market due to the suggestion of a friend. She very enthusiastically stated that it was better than the one in Athens. She lied. She lied big time. The only thing that was better was that you can bring your dog.
With much lower expectations, I went to the Mound Farmer’s Market two weeks ago here in Minnesota and it just made me miss Athens. While it was small, it had a much better selection of produce than the Hudson one. I was satisfied but it has inspired me to go on a mission and find the best farmer’s market Minnesota has to offer in the Lake Minnetonka, Minneapolis area.