Meet Carissa Shapiro – Our New Intern
Why do you want to work for the 12 South Farmers Market?
I would love the opportunity to be a part of the 12th S Farmer’s Market because it would be the perfect opportunity to get more familiar with the people who make it happen. I love the community that comes with local markets but sometimes, as a shopper or supporter, it can be difficult to really get to know the people who make it happen every week. The 12th South community is also one that I enjoy so much that whenever I host couchsurfers from other states I always bring them to visit the local shops on the street. To be a helping hand in this great weekly event would be a highlight for me.
Why is the local food movement important to you?
The local food movement is important to me because I believe in living a happy, healthy life. Eating natural foods that are locally grown do two great things for you. One, you’re going to get the most nutrients and vitamins from eating foods that have been treated without pesticides. Many of the conventional produce, grains, meats, etc. you find at most stores have been through so much processing and have been out of the ground for weeks already. The second great thing about eating local foods is what it does for the community. I never used to think about where my food came from. Now that I do, it makes me think about the families I can support by buying from local vendors. I think this is a great meaning to community. I get delicious produce, bread, meats, and dairy that I know are top quality while I support the people who grow and make it. If you can’t tell, to me, this makes life really satisfying.
If you see Carissa at the Market, make sure to say hello!