Farmer’s markets promote vibrant community

Published 7:00 am Sunday, June 7, 2015

Farmer’s markets have a way of signaling that a community is vibrant, that it cares about eating healthy and supporting local farmers. They are typically associated with a higher quality of life.

They tend to create a small community of farm-minded folks. Shoppers can visit with the farmers who grow the produce or make the cheese or jar the jelly. It helps connect people with those who produce our food, even if on a small scale.

Brookhaven’s farmer’s market opened Friday, with vendors selling honey, jams, milk, cheese, beef, pickles and an assortment of produce and other items. By all accounts it was well attended.

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It must remain well attended if it is to continue. Everyone is quick to extoll the virtues of a farmer’s market, but not all of those singing its praises actually shop there. As with any effort, participation is key to a successful farmer’s market — both by vendors and shoppers.

If you like the idea of a thriving farmer’s market in Brookhaven, do your part and support the vendors. The market is open at Railroad Park Fridays from 7:30 to 12:30 and at the Amtrak Station from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Also related is the county’s celebration of Dairy Day as part of National Dairy Month. Dairy Day will be part of the farmer’s market on Friday, from 7:30 to 12:30. Lincoln County has a rich dairy history, and it still boasts 11 of the state’s 100 dairy farms.

Events like this reinforce the connection between people and the foods they eat. Again, it’s a great endeavor that needs the support of the community. If you like free chocolate milk and ice cream, stop by the market. While you’re there, pick up some produce.