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Local Farmers Market season has begun

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Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 6:00 am

Farmers markets were part of town life centuries ago. In fact, the first markets date back 5,000 years ago in Egypt where farmers would sell their produce along the Nile River. The first farmers market in the U.S. was almost 400 years ago, where in 1634, Boston, Massachusetts was its first location. The largest farmers market in the world is in Tokyo, and boasts over 1,700 stalls. The number of markets in the U.S. have multiplied over the past few decades as getting back to buying healthy, local produce and goods has become more commonplace.

The benefits of shopping local are numerous. Buying food directly from farmers and local community members means there is no transportation across state lines or even from another country which increases cost. When you purchase goods from the local farmers market, you know that your money is going straight back to that producer whose money stays local, too. The fruits and vegetables are much more fresh with better taste, often picked the day before or that morning; foods will be safer; you can talk to the person who made/grew each item; and most importantly, you are supporting the local economy. Eating fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies are great for your health.

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