YES I go to the farmers market to shop for fruit & veg, and YES also because it is the most pleasant outing you can give yourself during any given week of the year. BUT: there are other, perhaps unforeseen, benefits. Dogs in cars, e.g.
Dogs and other animals, by and large, are not allowed at farmers markets, by public health decree. Oh, yes, of course, I hasten to add before some well-actuallyer starts to have a cow, dogs have been and continue to be seen in farmers markets here and there. Perhaps their presence is even licit at some. But not at the Southern California markets I frequent, and, I posit, neither are they allowed at those of San Luis Obispo County.
Which is where I saw two examples in a single stop, at the exceedingly excellent SLO Saturday farmers market early this spring.
First this guy, upon arrival:
And then these three (look hard, they’re there), as we were leaving:
And then, back home, the very next week at my usual, much-mentioned Laguna Hills FM, this little cutie:
I’d like to take this opportunity to commend the good citizenship of owners and dogs alike—clearly they’re all very good boys and girls.