Zionsville Times Sentinel

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September 26, 2012

Markets offer multiple benefits

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Buying local seasonal foods benefits the buyer since food is fresher, traveling fewer food miles (not days on a train or arriving from another hemisphere). Fresher produce has greater flavor and more nutrition. There is also less chance for contamination when it is farmer picked and farmer sold, not passing through multiple stages of handling as in supermarkets.

Where else will you find fresher produce like that from Stillhaven Farms or Pete’s Peaches or My Dad’s Sweet Corn? What about Tom’s homemade pickles, Woodburn’s homemade pasta or Simpson’s pastured pork (raised in the sunshine, not in a barn), and we still haven’t mentioned local honey which is available from several vendors. Did you know that research has shown that eating local honey can help create immunity to seasonal allergies? And eggs — several providers, but they are usually gone by mid-day at the market. What a treat those are over store-bought Confined Animal Feeding Operations eggs. Don’t get me started on CAFOs.

There is additional benefit to go around when shopping the farmers’ market. While you are enjoying Patrick’s breakfast burrito or a sweet from Le Dolce Vita, you can support community organizations such as scouts, the Humane Society for Boone County or one of many local non-profit organizations that are offered free spots as available throughout the season. High school and college musicians frequently set up to entertain and play for tips. Second Helpings has also benefited from participation this year both from consumer and vendor donations. Everyone benefits at community farmers’ markets.

There is only one more Saturday to visit the village market. Fortunately, The Green Market at Traders Point Creamery just south of Zionsville, 9101 Moore Road, continues their summer market outside from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings through October. Starting in November, the Green Market moves from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday mornings in the red barn at Indiana’s premier organic dairy farm.

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