Farmers markets are more than food, they are community builders
Live Music this Sunday August 13 by the “Ukuladies”
By Andrew Harris
You’ve seen the bumper stickers, “No Farms, No Food,” and I’ve never heard anyone argue with that. That slogan could easily be extended, with just as much truth, to “No Farms, No Community.”
In Alfred, the local farmers market has put that statement into action. This weekly farmers market held on Sunday’s during the growing season, brings the community together. Local farmers build relationships with Alfred University students, business owners come together and share ideas. Andover residents meet Almond residents at the blueberry stand, they become friends on Facebook and share recipes for years to come. Children play with painted faces, local music legends like Dave Mason pour acoustic guitar into the market air. These things can not be purchased, quantified, or recreated outside of the Alfred Farmers Market. Almost everyone leaves with something good to eat and feeling glad to be part of that community. The market is this Sunday August 13 from 11am until 3pm. Connect on Facebook.
Don’t miss this Sunday in Alfred. Read more from the Alfred Farmers Market on one of thier key missions: Community:
“Yes, our market works hard to bring our community together. This Sunday you can catch up with your neighbors and friends at four different community tables. Have questions about your home gardens? Stop by the CCE Master Gardener booth and get some advice. Worried about your family’s health? The Cancer Screen Program table will provide useful information. Concerned about health care policy in New York State? The Metro Justice table will have information about how you can advocate for better health care in the state. Do you have concerns about hunger in our college town? The AU Food Bank can give you information and share ways you can help alleviate hunger in our student population.
The Alfred Farmers Market provides the best local foods, locally produced goods, and locally sourced music. But it also provides our community with great access to information and connections – all the things we need to build and support our strong local society.”