This is the final edition of Weekend Farmers’ Market Blogging. But there’s more local food and garden blogging to come.
I was hopeful.
The response to my post, “What Happened to the Food Blogging Community of 10 Years Ago?” was swift, broad and mostly encouraging. It wasn’t just me missing the camaraderie and warmth of the old days of food blogging, it was many folks. Some had left blogging. Others had stuck it out and changed with the times, as I had.
So I decided to launch a new weekly food blogging event — you know it as Weekend Farmers’ Market Blogging, in which I share my love of local food and farmers. The idea was that others with similar leanings would want to partake too.
But that’s not what happened.
I wasn’t too discouraged when it didn’t after the first week or the second or the third, but it’s now been several months and … nothing. That’s been a little sad.
There’s been bright spots too though. It’s been fun sharing my farmers’ market finds.
I’ve also really enjoyed finding blogs who’d posted dishes that fit the intention of WFMB and choosing an Instagram post of the week.
Sharing the progress on our garden has also been special. We’re nearly ready to pick our first tomatoes. There’s also more shishito peppers to pick, and more cabbages growing. We tried something — cutting the cabbage from the stalk, but leaving the stem in the ground. Turns out, it will continue to grow (we have a few growing new cabbages now!).
That said, I think it’s time to call an end to this experiment. Perhaps the time really has past. Perhaps the food blogging world can never go back to a semblance of what it was.
But I’ll be holding onto the parts I enjoyed most — the sharing of my garden and the occasional inclusion of links to other sites in my posts, namely.
I hope you’ve enjoyed WFMB while it lasted. I did.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.