Douglass Loop Farmers Market: A Ministry of DBCC
“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyards bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus19:9-10).
From early on God showed concern for the way resources were allocated among God’s people, embodying that concern in the law by making certain that those who had little could still eat. Leviticus reminds us that it’s not enough for those in the community who have enough to forget those without. Those who had resources were required to look out for those who occupied the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum. This passage from Leviticus is a glimpse of God’s idea of a social safety net.
In our contemporary world we also have inequities in the way food is produced and consumed. The Douglass Loop Farmers Market, beginning Saturday, April 16 (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) is an effort on the part of DBCC to take seriously God’s concern that everyone has enough to eat. As a ministry of the church the market has three important goals: 1) to provide a place for producers to sell locally grown food, so that they can make a decent living, 2) to provide access to nutritious locally grown food at a reasonable price, and 3) to help create a community atmosphere where we can begin to understand the ways we are connected to our neighbors. In the service of these goals, we will soon be offering the option—to those able to take advantage of it—of using Food Stamps. We want to help foster a just, sustainable food community here in the heart of the Highlands that gives producers a chance to sell and consumers a chance to buy.
We will be offering locally grown meat, eggs, produce, honey, herbs, wine, and plants. To add to the neighborhood atmosphere, we will also be offering a mix of regular food vendors and guest chefs, all to the sounds of local acoustic musicians. We will be dog-friendly, offering an area for people to tie up their dogs while they shop.
As people of God we have more to do to make certain that everyone has access to the food they need to survive, but this is a good place to start. Come on out and join us every Saturday!