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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus is proud to recognize National Farmers Market Week, which runs through Saturday, August 7th.
“Buying products from any of our great community markets is a wonderful way to support our local agricultural industry,” Neuhaus said. “Orange County is lucky to have many robust and successful farmers markets, which provide residents with a great way to eat healthy and ensure a sustainable Orange County.”
Orange County’s farmers markets offer local fruits and vegetables, along with prepared foods, wine, honey, flowers, and everything from meats to quiches. Each market has its own individual character with unique offerings and vendors who take pride in their homegrown products.
Cornell Cooperative Extension estimates for every $1 a farmer receives, $2.29 is generated in the local community. This means that every dollar you spend at a farmers market or farm stand, that farmer spends $2.29 at local suppliers, repair shops, hardware stores, and other goods and services in the community. Not only does shopping at a farmers market help you eat the freshest food, but it also helps the community at large by providing local jobs through all the services farms utilize to operate successfully.
“I encourage residents to support our local economy and the County’s farm industry by patronizing a farmers market or visiting a farm near you,” Neuhaus said. “It is an easy way to feed yourself and your family healthier, locally sourced foods and helps to ensure that our farms remain viable and sustainable.”
To find a market near you, visit @ocnyfarms on Facebook or Instagram, go to www.orangecountynyfarms.com, or call 845-372-6550.