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Farmers Have a Corner on the Market

Summer is almost upon us and farmers across Connecticut are gearing up to share their local produce, dairy, breads and more with hungry locavores at weekly farmer’s markets. 

Danbury's Farmers Market begins next week, on Friday, June 27, 2014. The market runs on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. from June 27 - October 31 at Kennedy Park on the corner of Main Street and Kennedy.

CT Grown produce, shoreline shellfish, fresh bread and some specialty foods will be sold. WIC certificates, senior coupons, SNAP and debit cards are accepted. WIC, Senior and SNAP matching programs are available.

So why should you go to your local farmers market? CT Nofa says that eating local organic food tastes better and is good for you, the earth and your community. Here are some more benefits:

Health benefits:
·      Higher nutrients from organically managed soil 
·      Less exposure to synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
·      No synthetic growth or breeding hormones
·      No synthetic additives
·      No antibiotics
·      No genetically engineered seeds or other inputs (GMOs)
·      No sewage sludge
·      No irradiation
 
Earth benefits:
·      Builds biodiversity
·      Reduces excess nitrogen
·      Fights climate change
·      Keeps water cleaner
·      Builds healthy soil
·      Saves energy
·      Protects wildlife
 
Community benefits:
·      Brings people together at markets and community supported farms
·      Keeps money in the local economy
·      Incorporates the true cost of food
·      Supports smaller and beginning farmers
·      Protects the health of farm workers


Make sure to stop at the ATM on your way there because most of the merchants only take cash. And don’t forget to bring your reusable bag!

Bon Appétit!



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