Editor's note: Missourian reporter Pavan Vangipuram has embarked on a venture to showcase the ways that summer is spent in Columbia.
A videographer, Pavan plans to cover picnics and concerts, day camps, swim meets and more. The purpose is to reveal how the range of activities mirrors the diverse interests in the community.
The Columbia Farmers' Market was first organized in 1980, and it continues to be a presence in the Columbia community, particularly in the summer.
More than 70 farmers participate, and hundreds of customers buy their produce each Saturday in the parking lot near the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St.
Many say they find pleasure in meeting the farmer who grows their food, and still more say buying local and organically grown food is of paramount importance.
Farmers say they were happy to be able to meet their customers, and many use the market to broaden their customer base.