Community Farmers Market is a year-round, producer only market open Saturdays from 8-1 and Tuesdays 3-7. There are plenty of options for eating locally throughout the winter and shopping at Community Farmers Market is a great way to support small businesses and farmers.
Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.
Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy. You are literally supporting your neighbors and other Moms when you buy food at the Community Farmer's Market.
Community Farmer's Market FAQ
Why should families shop at Community Farmers Market?
Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.
Community Farmers Market provides a place for families to really connect with those in their community who are building a local food system. It is much easier to eat locally throughout the year with more farmers utilizing greenhouses and high-tunnels. Everyone is welcome at Community Farmers Market, and it is a great way to keep your dollars close to home.
What is a Mobile Market, and why do we need one?
CFM, with the help of WKU and Rustic Nail, has a Mobile Market that will officially launch early Spring. The goal of the Mobile Market is to break the barriers of financial resources and transportation with regard to access to fresh, healthy, local food. The CFM Mobile Market will be selling produce (accepting SNAP benefits and vouchers) in areas of the community that are under-served with regard to food access and security.
Why does Community Farmers Market accept SNAP and other food assistance benefits?
Community Farmers accepts SNAP and WIC/SR vouchers. The Community Farmers Market has a Double Dollar Program that also doubles the first $10 of SNAP benefits used at the market and doubles the value of WIC/SR vouchers. We do this because Community Farmers Market believes that everyone, regardless of income, deserves access to fresh, healthy, local food. SNAP can now be used at the Community Farmers Market to buy healthy, fresh, local food and at CFM, the purchasing power of participants food assistance benefits goes further. The Double Dollar Program is our way of showing support for low-incomes families.
What else can I buy besides produce?
Iced cream, juice, gluten-free baked goods, knife sharpening, breakfast, lunch, and coffee Dog bones, fresh flowers, homemade bread, locally canned items, gourmet cheeses, clothing, crafts, locally produced art, locally made lotions, colognes and perfumes, baby items, children's toys and so much more.
Are there volunteer opoortunities?
Yes! there are so many ways to support the Community Farmer's market as well as those in need within our community. Thanks to partnerships with WKU, Hotel, Inc. and many others, there is a way to utilize whatever talents you possess. Please direct your browser to: http://www.communityfarmersmarketbg.com/volunteer.html
to learn more.