Posted by: susanrmeyer | June 2, 2008

To Market, To Market

As Spring … well … springs, my thoughts turn to markets. Specifically, the Union Square Greenmarket, where  will spend as many early Saturday mornings as possible watching nature at it’s best. There have been ramps for a month now and I’ve been sauteing them with glee. Asparagus is in. Hydroponic tomatoes foreshadow the late summer return of heirlooms.

Other markets come to mind as I make the round of flea markets and street fairs or as I drop into Ten Thousand Villages to view goods from local markets around the world. These markets are on my mind this week.

I recently received an invitation to adopt a market from the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund. This event, dubbed a  “friendraiser,” will be held in New York City on June 4, 2008. It will raise funds for programs as diverse as providing nursery school materials and entrepreneurial training through microloans to actually building a rural market. As the first woman President of Liberia, Sirleaf herself is remarkable. As the granddaughter of a market woman, she understands the importance of this step into entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency. 

While I don’t have $100,000 at my immediate disposal, I plan to make a small contribution to this vital effort and hope that others will want to help create this vital transformation as well.

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