Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus reminds residents that many of the County’s outdoor summer farmers markets are now open weekly for the growing season. More markets will begin operating in the coming weeks and most will remain open through October.
There are more than a dozen summer farmers markets spread throughout Orange County, from Port Jervis to Newburgh and almost every municipality.
“Buying local products from any of our great community markets is a wonderful way to support our local agricultural industry,” Neuhaus said. “Everyone benefits when you purchase food produced by a local farm picked at the peak of freshness. Shopping at farmers markets is a great way to support the local economy and to eat healthy.”
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. For a full listing of Orange County farms and farmers markets, visit orangetourism.org/agritourism or call 845-615-3860.
Farmers markets support a $100 million dollar agricultural industry in Orange County, stimulating the local economy and creating jobs. Approximately 16 percent of the county’s land is farmland and over 10,000 acres are in vegetable production, which is the third largest in the state.
“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. “Either is a great way to make healthier food choices and helps to ensure a sustainable community.”
For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or email@example.com.