Why Markets are Important for Miami
Over the past year and a half, The Miami Flea has grown to ground-breaking proportions, connecting the community to over 125 local businesses and artists every month. To us, it was a way to showcase Miami’s thriving maker culture, but to these very makers, it’s opened up an entire world of opportunities we couldn’t have even imagined. Ramping up for this Sunday’s Miami Flea on April 23rd, we’re breaking down why markets like this one are key towards economic and cultural growth.
Julia Darnton, Michigan State University Extension educator, said “Markets are anchored in community, connect people with each other and valued commodities, and creates opportunities for business.” Especially in a city like Miami where locals generally feel unconnected to an idea of community, these outdoor markets whether farmer’s or otherwise, create a physical opportunity to observe and experience the greatness lying within their own backyard.
When there’s a high demand for a product, makers invest more time to increase the quality of what it is they’re selling. Additionally, when small businesses feel the support of the larger community, the pride that goes into their creations increases exponentially. What we’ve witnessed with The Miami Flea is a heart-warming growth of gratification and respect between maker and consumer, and maker and themselves. Opportunity breeds quality, and everybody wins.
I’m sure many of you have the gist of why markets are important for the makers and for the community, but in the end, they benefit all of us simultaneously by putting our funds right back into our own city. Markets like The Miami Flea or even weekly farmer’s markets are a great source of revenue for the local economy because they boost these businesses’ interest in building and staying in the city. Buying from any business, large or small, make seem just transaction but it doesn’t have to. If you know where your money is going to transparently, it strengthens everyone’s trust in the local economy and the future.