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Friday, June 10, 2016
5 Reasons to Buy Local, Fresh from the Roswell Market
AVAILABLE THIS WEEK! Peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, green beans, kale (red Russian, curly and lacinato), red and green onion, lettuce (red butter head, romaine and green leaf), kohlrabi, beets, potatoes, rainbow and rhubarb chard, collards, garlic scapes, salad mix, spinach, cucumbers, baby zucchini, radish, turnips (Harkurei), mung beans, live plants: tomatoes, mixed herbs, wave petunias, red geraniums, sage, marigolds, fresh eggs, pasture raised meats, raw milk, honey.
1) Locally grown food looks and tastes better. The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are allowed to ripen fully and are directly from the field, often harvested the day before or morning of market. No long distance shipping, no treatment to simulate the ripening process, no sitting in storage for weeks. The food is fresh from the farm, what can taste better than that?
2) Local food is better for you. The fresher the food, the more nutrients it retains. Farmers markets shorten the time between farm and table while grocery store produce has often travelled long distances and sat in warehouses before reaching store shelves.
3) Local food promotes genetic diversity in crops. In large scale, conventional agriculture, crop varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand packing and a longer shelf life, so there are limited varieties and genetic diversity within conventional crops. Small scale, local farms tend to cultivate a diversity of crop varieties, to extend their season, provide a variety of flavored and colors, and provide alternatives in case of crop failure.
4) Local food supports local families. The wholesale prices that farmers get for their produce is often low and near cost of production. Selling at farmers markets, cuts out the middle man and allows farmers to receive retail price for their products. This direct market helps families to continue farming.
5) Local food builds a connection with your farmer and community. Shopping at the farmers market gives you insight into seasonality, recipes, the land and hard working farmers who grow your food. Farmers markets also turn shopping for your family into a fun event, where you can be outdoors, visit with friends, and experience local culture. How cool is that? : )
Adapted from "Growing for Market" Magazine
Cutest Dog Contest at the Market! Sat, June 18 We've noticed A LOT of cute pups at the market, so we're hosting a Dog Contest on June 18th. Sign up at the info booth at the farmers market. Winners will recieve market bucks, a gift certificate from a local groomers AND the pup will be featured on our Facebook page as the market mascot : ) Entry fee is $3.00 and will benefit our market SNAP Program to increase access to fresh food in the City of Roswell.
Chef Demo with Mel Toledo from the Foundation Social Eatery!
Mel will be cooking up tomato and caramelized onion tarts with arugula and sherry vinaigrette. Be sure to say hello!
Seeking Volunteers and Interns for Farmers Market
The market is seeking time and talent from the Roswell Community. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering: firstname.lastname@example.org OR stop by the info booth at the market!
Areas of need: 1) Setting up and tear down 2) Welcoming customers at the info booth 3) Web site and social media 4) Special events
We provide month long internships for young folks who are looking for job experience in local food and non profit management!
Soon to accept SNAP/EBT Benefits! We have recieved a grant from the Farmers Market Coalition to purchase EBT equipment. We are so excited to be expanding accessibility and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables in North Fulton County. We hope to be up and running with our program by the end of June. Stay tuned!