Building Community at the Farmers’ Market

Photo Karen Graham.

Farmers’ markets have historically been important social and economic institutions in our communities and remain so today.  For many of us, farmer’ markets offer an opportunity for social connection, community building and provide hope for a healthy future.

Local markets are a critical component in building local economies. By providing cost-effective sales opportunities for local food producers, we preserve farmland and farmers which encourages a new generation to take up farming. We also help to diversify our community by providing affordable retail opportunities to a range of small business owners and artists.

There are many benefits of supporting your local farmers’ market. Farmers’ markets offer produce that is fresh-picked, sometimes the very same day; supporting your local farmers market also supports your local economy; by purchasing fruits, vegetables and other products directly from local farmers, you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint; you’ll know how your food was grown.  You may even be able to visit the farm and see their practices in person.  There is the opportunity to see unique, one of a kind items crafted by local artisans right here in your own community.  Of course, nothing compares to the taste of fresh produce still warm from the sun.

The Millbrook Farmers’ Market has a variety of local producers – farmers, market gardeners, prepared food makers, bakery products, cheese, preserves, brewers, vintners, florists and artists. It is a meeting place where our vendors can share ideas with one another and their local community- a space for education as much as it is for commerce.

Create new relationships, enjoy food at its freshest and most flavorful, taste something new.  Don’t miss our May market at 1 Dufferin St. Millbrook opening on May 23rd at 10am.

By Chris Ball

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