I know, I know … I can’t believe it’s September already!
On the brighter side, isn’t today the most perfect day to visit the Chisago City Farmers Market?
STOP BY and SAVOR the day!
Want to stretch your food budget and cook healthy meals?
In collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension and Cooking Matters, the Chisago City Farmers Market is hosting a market tour & cooking demo from 2:30pm – 4pm. Come enjoy some delicious food and learn valuable information about SNAP/EBT acceptance at CCFM.
The cooking demo booth is directly across from the Market Information booth. See you there!
As the bounty of summer rolls in to the market, the Chisago City Farmers Market is celebrating National Farmers Market Week on August 12th!
This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says “Farmers markets are an important part of strong local and regional food systems that connect farmers with new customers and grow rural economies. In many areas, they are also expanding access to fresh, healthy food for people of all income levels. National Farmers Market Week recognizes the growth of these markets and their role in supporting both urban and rural communities.”
Elanor Starmer, the Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) says “Farmers markets are a gathering place where you can buy locally produced food, and at the same time, get to know the farmer and story behind the food you purchase. These types of markets improve earning potential for farmers and ranchers, building stronger community ties and access to local foods.”
There are 8,500 farmers market in the United States, including over 172 in Minnesota. Farmers markets are vital to their communities, serving as a marketplace for food entrepreneurs, a gathering place for citizens, and a source of nutritious locally grown whole foods. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown program supports farmers markets and agricultural producers across the state by connecting consumers with locally grown foods.
National Farmers Market Week is a great time to visit Chisago City Farmers Market and celebrate all that CCFM brings to our community!
Apart from the nostalgia a farmers’ market may engender, why is it important to support Chisago City Farmers Market?
Local markets are important because the food they sell is simply better and fresher. Farmer’s are able to harvest their produce at the peak of flavor and deliver it to consumers directly. No shipping, chemical processing, and no sitting in storage somewhere. This food is as real as it gets — fresh from the fields.
Nurture an Educated Palette
In our fast-paced, technology-based world, many of us have little or no connection with our food supply. Supporting CCFM helps us reconnect to how we get our food and what it takes to produce healthy food of excellent quality. Taking time to talk to the farmers who come to the market is an excellent way to learn more about how our food is produced. Also, local markets sell food that is in season — plus offers an amazing array of produce that you might not see in the run of the mill grocery store.
Be Green and Save Some Green
The prices you pay at a local market reflect the fact that you are bypassing the middle man. You are also avoiding the wasteful distribution chain used to deliver produce to consumers and unnecessary packaging. The less distance food has to travel to get to you the better it is for the environment. Did you know that food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate? All those miles use up fossil fuels, and extra packaging fills up shrinking landfills. Conventional agriculture more often than not pollutes water, land, and air with toxic byproducts. Buying at your local market helps save the planet.
Get Out and Mingle
Perhaps the best reason of all for frequenting your local farmers’ market is so that you can enjoy the great outdoors and rub elbows with your neighbors. Instead of pushing a metal cart around a freezing grocery store, wouldn’t you rather stroll among outdoor stalls full of fresh aromatic produce? Besides, it’s a great place to meet with friends, bring the kids, and just get a taste of small town life in the midst of our busy lives.
There are so many excellent reasons to Chisago City Farmers Market! See you FRIDAY!