Many of us grew up with a family garden and remember the fresh taste of the first tomato of the summer or the crispness of the first ear of corn. While you may not have the time or space to grow your own fruits and vegetables, you can still get the freshest produce available at the local farmers market or farm stand businesses. Shopping at the local farmers market has numerous benefits for you, your family, local farmers and the community.
Food travels an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate. Since most growers at the markets are local, their food doesn’t have to travel as far to get to the consumer. Buying from local farmers ensures that are you are providing your family with fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. Not only does this ensure you’re getting the freshest produce available, but it also helps the environment by cutting down on vehicle emissions, and lowers transportation costs for farmers.
Farmers markets help develop a sense of community; consumers can talk directly with farmers about their products and farming operations. Buying from farmers markets is good for the local economy because it keeps your money in our community. It allows growers with small-to-medium-sized operations to receive a fair price for their products without having to compete against large commercial growers.
Make shopping the local farmers market or the local farm roadside agribusinesses a family experience. It provides a great opportunity to teach your children about nutrition, and how food is grown. As children get to see the food up close, they may become interested in trying new foods.
Local market on Thursdays
The LaRue County Farmers Market is held at the Extension Service office parking lot at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road. It is open every Thursday 2-5 p.m. The producers have a variety of products from fresh produce, garden and landscape plants, home baked goods and locally produced meat.
For more information on the local farmers market, contact food and nutrition assistant, Abby Tate at 358-3401. She also sends out a weekly e-mail with an update. If you would like to receive these weekly e-mails about the LaRue County Farmers Market, e-mail Abby at Abigail.Tate@uky.edu.
On June 18, Abby will give out free cutting boards to customers at the farmers market. Supplies are limited, first come-first serve. We also have free publications on home canning and freezing. These are available at any time from the Extension Office.
On July 9, we will offer two, one-hour sessions with an update on home canning and freezing at our office at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. You can come out that day and find farm fresh produce at the market and get a reminder on how to preserve the food at home with canning or freezing. We also can test dial gauge pressure canner lids for accuracy, bring these by the office anytime, we only need the lid for testing.