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"Square trading is the oldest form of all trade. In all cultures, farmers have gone in with what they produced regularly [...] and sold their goods to the townspeople" - Edward Blom
If you haven't visited the "Farmer's Market" before, I recommend you do! It may be a bit more expensive than the food at ICA or COOP that has travelled hundreds of miles in boats and trucks, but when you buy locally produced food you are supporting your local farmers and helping to strengthen Sweden's food self-sufficiency. Just one of those things! Then I'm also a strong advocate that everyone who has the opportunity should try planting their own small vegetable patch and potato patch. You can start small and maybe you, like me, will find that interest grows. Maybe you'll end up standing in the square yourself in a few years' time, selling your crops to the townspeople! Not only is it rewarding and satisfying to harvest and eat your home-grown food, it's also a nice reminder for me and a lesson for the children about how our ancestors have survived for thousands of years, ever since they settled and became resident farmers in the North some 5000 years ago. Last but not least, growing your own food is actually also economically beneficial with today's high taxes. Tax-free potatoes are the best potatoes.
Some time into the 20th century, the authorities begin to try to ban the marketplace. Milk and meat sales are banned. They want to bring the trade into the market halls and shops, which are more hygienic and much more orderly.
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