Like fresh vegetables instead of canned? Wish you could grow a garden but don’t have the time or space to do it? Well it’s easy to get those locally grown delicacies right here in your own backyard without tilling, tending and watering your own plot.
The Logan County Farmer’s Market will be having an Opening Day Celebration at the Logan County Extension Complex June 4 from 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The extension complex is located at 255 John Paul Road off the 68 Bypass in Russellville.
From spring until fall, Logan County vendors gather twice a week to sell their wares at the Logan County Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is a place where local farmers and others can offer their products to their friends and neighbors. The market always features a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as some local arts and crafts.
The farmers market is open on Saturdays, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and Tuesdays from 12-4 p.m. It usually runs till the end of October.
Leann Martin, Logan County’s Extension Agent for Agriculture/Natural Resources, wrote about farmer’s markets in one of her columns. She listed the top reasons to shop at a Kentucky Farmers Market.
“I have seen firsthand how farmers markets here in Kentucky are helping to support family farms and grow local economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Kentucky with fresh, healthy food,” said Martin. “The Commonwealth has over 155 farmers’ markets and well in excess of 2,500 vendors.” Martin’s top reasons to shop at a farmers market include:
1. You’re buying local. Farmers markets bring benefits not only to producers, but to consumers and our local communities as well. When local food marketing opportunities exist for rural producers, they cause ripple effects throughout the rural economy. Farms and ranches buy fertilizer and seed, invest in farm machinery, contract the services of custom operators, and support local businesses like restaurants and retailers. Growth in these areas leads to new demand for community services like schools and hospitals, which in turn leads to jobs.
2. Strong local economies! This segment of agriculture is a vibrant growth area that is drawing young people back to rural communities, generating jobs, and improving quality of life. Spending our hard earned money with local businesses helps support Kentucky’s economy, ensures that more of every food dollar ends up back in a farmers’ pocket, and helps keep that money circulating in Kentucky.
3. Farmers markets are easy to find. The USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory now lists 8,268 markets across the country, a 76 percent increase since 2008. Here in Kentucky, the number of farmers markets has grown to over 155. You can find a farmers market near you by typing in your zip code at www.farmersmarkets.usda.gov.
4. Talk about options. Farmers markets offer a wide variety of fresh, affordable, convenient and healthy products sold directly from the farm. You can find ideas for how to use your purchases at www.whatscooking.fns.usda.gov.
Only Logan Countians are eligible to be vendors at the Logan County Farmers Market. For more information, please contact 270-726-6323.
To contact Chris Cooper, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-726-8394.