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Four Benefits of Supporting Your Local Farmer’s Market

Four Benefits of Supporting Your Local Farmer’s Market

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The term “local farmer’s market”, often brings to mind pop up tents full of fresh vegetables and healthy food selections from local farms.  When you visit your local farmer’s market, what you see is only a component in the overall benefit of having a community market.  Community support at a local farmer’s market has a deeper, often overlooked,  impact on the community.  Below are 4 ways that you support your community when you shop from local producers.

1. Job Creation and Economic Impact

When you purchase locally grown food from the farmer’s market, your dollars allow small businesses to create jobs in the community. Many farmers work their own booths.  However, many hire additional employees to assist customers with sales, or tend to farm duties while at market. A market encourages entrepreneurship because it provides a low overhead point of sale with a built-in customer base.

Patronage from the community puts money right back into the community.  A small community farmer’s market can generate $30,000 to $60,000 in combined vendor sales over a season.  Some larger markets do that much or more in a single market day.  Get to know the vendors at your market! You will find that many live in the same community or surrounding area.

2. You Strengthen a Changing Profession

The farming landscape as we know it is changing – from the types of food being produced to those choosing to make farming their profession. According to a recent report from the Washington Post, there’s new growth and appeal in farming:

For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Census of Agriculture. Sixty-nine percent of the surveyed young farmers had college degrees — significantly higher than the general population.

Supporting these growing smaller farms help to support food diversity at your farmer’s market.  Most all farmers grow market staples and essentials. However, smaller farms are more flexible to farm small batches of more non-traditional produce, such as kohlrabi and varieties mushrooms.


3. It Helps to Restrict Over-development and Preserves Farm Land

Each year, a farmer has a lot to worry about – too much rain, too little rain, bugs and crop diseases, gas and diesel prices, and…taxes.  Taxes on farmland can be a huge burden on the farmer, especially in booming real estate towns. A farmer needs to not only be able to cover farming expenses, but to be able to make a living and provide for his or her family.  Each dollar spent at a farmer’s market helps to keep land out of the developer’s hands and keeps our nation’s shrinking farm lands in food production.

According to farmland.org, over 40 acres of US farm land are developed every hour; 24 million acres of land has been developed since 1982; 37% of America’s developed land, has been converted within the last three decades.  Simply choosing to purchase your food at the local farmer’s market instead of a big box retailer, helps to preserve much needed farm land in your own community.

4. You Contribute to Community Fellowship

Your local market is a community gathering place. You see familiar faces and have the chance to make new friends. You have the opportunity to talk with the person that grew or produced your food. Farmers are typically eager to give you their favorite recipe or advice on cooking.  Some markets have games and contests for the kids, special market themes each week, live music, vendor samples and even pet treats. Market Managers strive to make a farmer’s market a viable resource for food, but also to make it a true community gathering place with fun experiences for the whole family.

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“Belle Vue I” to be open for tours on market nights

The Belle Vue I, which overlooks Red Caboose Park, is the original home of Abraham Louis DeMoss, founder of Bellevue.

The Bellevue Harpeth Historic Association plans to have the cabin open every Friday night during market hours.  The home originally stood on a ridge overlooking Morton Mill Road for more than 200 years.  Abraham Louis DeMoss, his wife Hannah, and their 9 children lived there.  The cabin was donated to Bellevue Harpeth Historic Association by DeMoss descendants Frank and Dolly Carter and their family.

Stop by Red Caboose Park between 5pm and 7:30pm every Friday night during The Bellevue Farmers Market for a tour and a brief history lesson!

 

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The Bellevue Farmers Market makes the move to Red Caboose Park

The Bellevue Farmers Market is excited to announce we are moving!  Starting this Friday (6/26) the market will be at Red Caboose Park every Friday from 5 to 7:30.  This new location will help the market continue to grow and be an integral part of the community.  If you’ve not been before, we encourage you to check out our 20+ vendors.

We’d also like to say ‘Thank You!’ to Bellevue United Methodist Church for being such a wonderful host for the last 2.5 years.

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Meet Our Market Farmers – Buffalo Road Produce

Buffalo Road Produce

Buffalo Road Produce (Buffalo Valley Farm) is a small scale CSA/market farm located on the westernmost edge of Davidson county, between Bellevue and Pegram. We focus on sustainability and quality above all else. We are family owned and operated on our own land which we’ve owned since the early 60’s. We offer a robust variety of produce and other farm goods including free range eggs from our flock, honey from our hives, and Shiitake mushrooms from our mushroom logs. We are also currently experimenting with and trying to produce our own homemade soaps, candles, and other novelty items of the homestead nature. 100% of produce we offer is started and grown on our farm, using certified organic seed and only sustainable farming practices. Methods that our ancestors used in the old days that are tried and true. We strongly believe that these methods are the RIGHT way to farm and we are proud to say that we practice these exclusively. It’s not the easy way to do it by any means, but we are rewarded with knowing we are doing our part to take care of the planet we live on and the people who enjoy what we offer.

www.buffaloroadproduce.com

BFM Location:
Friday Night – BUMC
Saturday Morning – TailGate

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Meet Our Market Farmers – Giving Thanks Farm

We are excited to add another new farm to our Friday night market at BUMC! Giving Thanks Farm is a family owned and operated farm in Montgomery County, TN. They pasture raise all of their animals. Livestock are feed non-GMO food, and their fields are chemical-free. They never use antibiotics or added hormones, and no added nitrates/nitrites!

www.givingthanksfarm.com

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Meet Our Market Farmers – Walton’s Hill Farm

Walton’s Hill Farm

Walton’s Hill Farm is a small berry farm located in Robertson county.  We specialize in blueberries, but we also raise several varieties of ever bearing strawberries, blackberries and mulberries.  In late summer to early fall we will have apples, pears and muscadines to offer.  Fresh berries can be some of the most heavily sprayed food products that you can buy; but at Walton’s Hill, we use no pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.  We also work with a local commercial kitchen to produce all natural jams and jellies from our own harvest.  Follow us on Facebook for gardening and homestead tips and ideas at www.facebook.com/waltonshillfarm

BFM Location:
Friday Night – BUMC

For additional information on The Bellevue Farmers Market participants, visit www.thebellevuefarmersmarket.com and click the Vendors tab.

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The BFM is seeking performers for the 2015 season.

We are currently seeking a variety of singers, performers and musical acts for the 2015 market season.  The market best suits acoustical acts, vocal groups, brass/woodwind ensembles, and the like.  There is no electricity at The BFM, so all acts will need to be able to perform without microphones or amps.  As of now, performances are unpaid and playing for tips only. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to get some experience playing before crowds or to just play and have fun! Slots are open for both the Friday and Saturday markets.

If you are interested in being a performer at either market, please contact us!