I went to a farmer's market this week and had a great time. I didn't buy much. I controlled what I bought because I tend to overbuy at such places. It was tempting to once again come home with way too much produce. Thinking about it later, I realized that it's not the produce itself that's so exciting. At this time of year in a climate like this, it's not exactly locally grown. It's really not that much different from the stuff at the grocery store. What I want to bring home is the experience of going to the farmer's market. That's nice. But a lettuce bought at a grocery store and a lettuce bought at a farmer's market don't look a lot different when they've been forgotten at the back of the fridge for a week or two. And by then, the experience of the farmer's market is only a memory. And an ugly lettuce is a reality that needs to be faced.