Editor’s Note: We can say that we loved having you, too, Brooke! More than many interns we have had in the past (though they have all been great), we really appreciated and were heartened to see the learning and growth that Brooke experienced through her work with us, as well as the enthusiasm for local foods that we saw her develop! We know she will take this experience with her as she moves forward with her education — watch out world, she’s a special one!
As I was helping clean up my last farmers market I realized just how much I am going to miss being an intern at Seacoast Eat Local. Beginning this internship I was excited to learn about the SNAP program and simply work at a farmers market every week. I have always loved shopping at my local farmers market at home in Connecticut and this internship was exciting for me to be able to continue something I love while at school. I was planning on learning about agriculture and maybe some farming through working at the market but this experience offered so much more. The connections I made with the farmers and customers have made this experience one that I will never forget.
This internship has been nutritionally informative for me, talking to the farmers and learning about the local produce in New Hampshire has been so interesting. Believe it or not there were certain items at the market that I never knew existed, like delicata squash! I learned how to cook it , grow it and the nutritional information behind it, all from the farmer himself. Throughout this experience I have had the chance to talk to customers about recipes and how to make healthier choices when it comes to cooking. Discussing the produce with the farmers provided me with sustainable, nutritional, and local information that I was able to relay to the customers when they came to our table. I have grown so much through this program talking and interacting with the customers and listening to their stories. I cannot thank SEL, the farmers and customers enough for a wonderful semester.
Always remember shopping at farmers market not only supports your local farmers but keeps your body healthy and happy.