July 12: Farmers Market, Open for Season

By Hannah Poor, IINE Development Intern

Have you ever wanted to try amaranth or mustard greens? You now have the chance in Manchester!

On July 12th, the International Farmers’ Market, supplied and managed by the beginning farmers of our Rooting New Americans program, will open for the season at the following sites:

  • Tuesdays, 3 to 7 pm, @ 315 Pine Street
  • Wednesdays, 3 to 7 pm, @ Lafayette Park

Come pick out some old market favorites or buy some new ingredients for this dish.

In addition to providing a sales outlet for beginning farmers, thus strengthening local food systems, the International Farmers’ Market is helping to combat food insecurity in the community. Farmers will sell fresh produce at affordable prices and accept all Federal nutrition benefits. We are proud to help promote healthy dietary choices and thriving households.

The International Farmers Market expansion follows a nationwide trend. The USDA reports that 6,132 farmers’ markets were in operation in 2010, representing a 16% increase from the previous year and more than 3 times the number of markets operating in 1994. The growing popularity and prevalence of direct producer-to-consumer markets can be attributed to several factors, including increased demand by consumers for fresh and organic produce, greater awareness of the environmental benefits of “eating local,” and community building when consumers are able to interact with the people who grow their food.

Were simply glad to help improve the quality of life for Manchesters residents.

Photo used under Creative Commons license, courtesy Cecily Upton

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