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Arnold Family Gardens
Berry Family Farm
Calico Country Creations
Down the Road Farm
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Blueberry and Fruit Farm
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Great Harvest Bread Co.
Hugus Fruit Farm
Merritt Family Farm
My Mushroom Store
New Roots Farm
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Queen’s Family Farm
Saum Family Farms
Schultz Valley Farms
Timberpeg Tree Farm
Trinity Sister's Blessings
Weaver’s Produce and Baked Goods
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August 3-9 is National Farmers Market Week! The Lancaster Farmers Market is one of more than 200 markets in Ohio and 8,000 markets nation-wide. In celebration, here are 9 reasons to love your local farmers market:
1) Farmers markets boost the local economy. Nationally, they generate more than $1 billion in annual sales. For every $100
spent at a farmers market, $62 stays in the local economy, and $99
stays in state--helping Ohio farmers and the communities they live in.
2) Markets are small business incubators. They help boost Ohio’s farming economy by
providing low cost, low barrier entry points for small and beginning
farmers. With 5 times as many U.S. farmers
over the age of 65 compared to those under 35, farmers markets are
helping to support the next generation of farmers.
3) People who shop at farmers markets have 15-20 social interactions per visit, compared to only 1-2 at the grocery store. Markets provide an opportunity for customers to ask farmers about their food and how it was grown, and for neighbors to share recipe ideas and gardening tips.
6) Increased access to locally grown produce makes our families and
our communities healthier. Proximity to farmers markets has been
associated with lower body mass index. At a time when obesity rates are
soaring and grocery store shelves are stocked with empty calorie
processed foods, farmers markets offer a great alternative.
7) Between 1950 and 2000, Ohio lost more than 6.9 million
acres of farmland, representing nearly one-third of Ohio's agricultural
land. By selling directly to
consumers (and not through a middle man), farmers may be able to make a better
living from farming and keep farmland in agricultural production.
8) Farmers markets are more than just a place to buy food. They're a
community destination in their own right, supporting nearby non-food
9) Farmers markets deliver some of the freshest, most delicious ingredients
available. Locally grown fruits and vegetables
are usually sold within 24 hours of being harvested. Fresh food is more
nutritionally complete because nutritional value declines as time passes
after harvest. Produce from California can't be that fresh, and it doesn’t taste as good either.
May 3 - October 25 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.
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239 W. Main St., Lancaster, OH
May 6 - August 26 3-6 p.m.
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Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad
Reprinted from The Locavore's Kitchen by Marilou Suszko
"Some people eat their watermelon with a sprinkling of salt. That's the whole idea behind adding feta to this watermelon salad. The saltiness of the cheese combined with cooling, fresh mint makes this the most refreshing salad of the season," writes author and chef Marilou Suszko.
Ingredients (Serves 4):
4 c. diced watermelon, seeds removed if necessary
- 1 c. diced feta cheese
- 1/2 c. fresh mint leaves, cut into thin strips
- 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients. Chill to blend flavors.