Finding Farmers Markets

By Susan Littlefield

We can all benefit from the taste and nutrition of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. But if you can't grow your own, or you don't have the space to grow all you need, a farmers market brimming with just harvested produce can provide a healthful bounty. And while you're filling your market basket, you'll also be supporting farmers in your area and the local economy.

To help you find farmers markets in your community, the USDA has put together a searchable on-line database on their Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website. You can search more than 4800 markets by market name, city or state, and find out whether they accept WIC, SFMNP and SNAP vouchers, and credit or debit.

The individual market entries list the address, contact information, hours and dates of operation, types of foods and goods offered and whether or not organic produce is available. The site also has links to tips for shopping at farmers markets and information on joining a community-supported agriculture (CSA) project, as well as menu planning suggestions and recipes using all the great produce you got at the market.

For more information on locating a farmers market near you, go to: Know Your Farmer.

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