Why Shop at Farmers’ Markets and Remember Tupperware?


This short piece was sent to me by an anonymous Carleton Place Farmer’s Market Vendor. I thought it might be food for thought for us all…

In his book “EARTH: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet” author Bill McKibbon states that ‘our economy, unlike any that came before it, is designed to work without the input of our neighbours.’ He goes on to talk about cheap food often travelling thousands of miles that is bought from ‘anonymous’ sellers. If you have a credit card and an internet connection, one can buy most anything you want or need anonymously. Many of our local residents work and buy in the city and commute to our town to eat and sleep. And then we are perplexed when people talk about being lonely.

While some like such an ‘anonymous lifestyle’ many would like to live differently and don’t want to live as lonely people.  McKibben talks about Farmers’ Markets as a ‘catalyst’ for changing communities. They are places where you can meet people who farm or bake or preserve. There are artisans from our community. All are sellers who will gladly share how their products came to be at the market.
As I anticipate selling at the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market, I’m excited not only that I have fresh produce that is locally produced but that I will be meeting my colleagues and customers after a long winter. Hopefully there will be new customers that I will come to know. Farmers’ Markets’ are a small part of community building.

“Shop The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market —- Because there is no place like home!”

Tomorrow July 11, the Farmer’s Market will be featuring “direct vendors”– I hear a lot of complaints these days about home-based vendors– but if you read the following you will see things have not changed.

Remember the Tupperware parties, Amway, Avon and Watkins products? Things haven’t really changed from days gone by. If you’re a mom who’s always wanted a work-at-home opportunity, you may have found it frustrating when searching for work from home jobs. Tupperware conjures up an era when throwing a party to sell airtight storage containers was the pinnacle of a lady’s social calendar. Think Tupperware, and the associations are of a retro, pre-feminist world in which housewives briefly put aside their aprons to discuss the best way to store their husband’s dinner ingredients.


The Home Based Business phenomenon has never been as strong as it is right now. Not just in the US and Canada, but throughout the world. I hear some people complain about these home based businesses, but in reality, are things really that different? Like the internet, things change, and I commend all of those Mothers trying to stay home, and attempting to make their mark in the world. We women are no longer in an era in which female lives revolved around domestic drudgery. Carry on girls!

“Shop The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market —- Because there is no place like home!”

Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

7 Beckwith St.
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 809-0660

830 am to 1230 am

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Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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