Frederick County farms offer a variety of locally raised and grown fresh food. According to our friends at Homegrown Frederick, buying from a local farm is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances. Buying locally cuts down on the distance your food has to travel, which helps protect the environment. Plus, you can choose farmers who may avoid or reduce their use of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, GMs, or antibiotics.
Did you know that in Maryland, if every household purchased just $12 worth of farm products for eight weeks, more than $200 million would be put back into the pockets of our area farmers?
That’s just one reason you should visit the Community Produce Market this month.
This community benefit is open to the public, and anyone can stop by and pick up a bag of locally grown fresh foods and veggies for only $7! There are even options to swap out unwanted items or add-on other fresh foods for just a few dollars.
It’s a cost-effective, locally sustainable way not only to feed your family a healthy meal but also put good back into your community. It’s affordable healthy eating, accessible to everyone.
WHAT: Community Produce Market
WHEN: Every Wednesday through Jan. 15, 2020; 3-6 p.m.
WHERE: Y Teaching Kitchen, 629 N. Market St., Frederick
COST: $7 for a bag of fresh fruits and veggies (compared to $15 value at most grocery stores)
ONLY: Cash, credit, and SNAP are accepted
Produce varies week to week. Some produce is considered “recovered,” meaning there was a surplus from large-scale distributors and farms or it was considered unusable because it looks unappealing. Best efforts are made to ensure that products are in acceptable condition and occasionally will be swapped for a similar item the day of the market.
The Community Produce Market is a partnership between Hungry Harvest and the YMCA of Frederick County. Together, they offer fresh produce markets in communities with limited food access, ensuring that no produce goes to waste, and no person goes hungry.
Visit https://frederickymca.org/events/event/community-produce-market/ to learn more.