Fredonia to celebrate National Farmers’ Market week Saturday

Come celebrate National Farmer’s Market week on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Fredonia Farmer’s Market. The Farmers Market Coalition recently published some interesting facts.

Local farmers market retailers return more than three times as much of their sales to the local economy as chain competitors do.

Farmers markets help preserve rural livelihoods by keeping acreage in production (the U.S. loses an acre of farmland a minute to development).

In 2016, $20.2 million in SNAP (food stamp) benefits were spent at farmers markets. That’s fresh food for low-income Americans and increased revenue for local farmers. Novo Dia, the company which has been processing SNAP benefits for farmers markets will continue to operate through February 2019.

Farmers markets support healthy communities in many ways: they not only supply the freshest of vegetables, fruit, eggs, meats, and baked goods, but also provide a venue for meeting friends, conversation, and social interaction.

The FFM has several special events this week. Kids’ Yoga with Rebecca takes place from 10:15-11 a.m. Participants might wish to bring a towel or a mat. The suggested donation is $3.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., EatSmart NY will present a food demo with Angie. This week’s recipe is Super Sundae.

Fredonia Farmer’s Market hours are Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. The location is on Church Street, Fredonia in front of Village Hall.