Pleasantville Leads New York in ‘I Love My Farmers Market Celebration’

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Love your local farmers market? Pledge your support and help American Farmland Trust to raise national awareness about local farmers markets and put money directly in the pockets of our local family farmers.

Pleasantville is currently ranked 23 in the Top 100 Most Celebrated Farmers Market list and leads the state of New York in the I Love My Farmers Market Celebration, hosted by American Farmland Trust. Pleasantville has one of the largest markets in the region, with more than 50 vendors and weekly live music, as well as a Market Sprouts program for kids, culinary demos, and health and sustainability programs.

The I Love My Farmers Market Celebration will end at midnight of September 9, so if you have a favorite market now is the time to pledge your support. The Celebration encourages consumers to pledge to spend $10 at their local farmers market, and contribute to the total pledge numbers for each state and market.

To participate, visit www.lovemyfarmersmarket.org and sign the online pledge form. Each week one participant and their favorite farmer will be selected to receive a free No Farms No Food® hat.

At the end of the farmers market season, The Top 100 most celebrated markets will receive a special logo honoring their achievement, No Farms, No Food® gear, and recognition on the Celebration’s website.

Reasons to support the local agriculture community goes deeper than serving seasonal produce to your family. For every $10 spent on local food, as much as $7.80 is re-spent in the local community, supporting local jobs and businesses. Also, the farmer takes home almost $8-9 instead of the $1.58
that farmers and ranchers receive when food is purchased through a retail market. Click here to see an interesting infographic on the economic breakdown.

Right now, Pleasantville is the only local farmers market to make the Top 100 list. Second in New York is the Union Square Greenmarket, followed by Saratoga Farmers Market in Saratoga Springs.

 

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Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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