Seth Godin’s blog has declared the end of the farmer’s market. He doesn’t mean that they are all disappearing, quite the opposite really. He has noted that the "farmer" is disappearing as the markets become more and more popular. The small farmers get left behind as the market caters more to the masses.
While this is not happening here in Richmond (see Style‘s recent article "Growing a Conscience" about the farmer’s markets in the area), Seth provides a warning call that we should heed. Encourage the markets to grow, but be careful to keep it focused on how it began: the local farmer selling their goods to the local consumer.