It has been said the ancient Babylonians were the first to practice New Year Resolutions by making promises to their Gods. When January 1 became the first day of the year by Julius Ceasar, around 46 B.C. according to history.com, the people offered sacrifices and made promises of good conduct. In the 1700’s, early Christianity celebrated the New Year with hymns and scripture readings that is still popular today with some religions. Others celebrate by making promises of self-improvement to themselves, not to God. With the practice of making resolutions having such a long history among humans, then why is it so hard for people to keep them?
While eating healthier, losing weight, saving money, and doing more exercise are some of the most popular resolutions, we are all creatures of habit, and it takes a concentrated effort to change our habits. One good way to focus on any or all of the above resolutions, is to visit the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market January 5th, or every Saturday. You will get more exercise by walking through the market. You’ll save money on fresh produce, and you’ll eat healthier by consuming foods that are natural and free of antibiotics, hormones, and other things we cannot pronounce. And as a bonus, all of this exercise and healthy eating will have you dropping the pounds in no time.
Even if you don’t make resolutions, the farmers market in historic Fernandina Beach is still a great place to find seasonal vegetables, handmade dips and sauces, wild caught shrimp and seafood, local hone, fresh baked goods, balms and lotions, and so much more.
The farmers market is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Located on North Seventh Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets, this is a special place to listen to live music, catch up with old friends, and get some fresh air. Even your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you.