Town of Brownsburg Blog

Jun 20th, 2018
08:43 AM
about 2 years ago
Posted by
Bewley, Mary Louise

The Brownsburg Farmers Market season is in full swing! Thanks to the support of IU Health West Hospital, shoppers find a bounty of fresh produce, artisan baked goods, and handcrafted items on the Brownsburg Town Hall Green from 4 to 7 each Thursday afternoon through September. The market experienced phenomenal growth last year and more than 40 vendors have committed to this season, offering local goods from roasted coffee beans, cage-free eggs, and homemade jelly to plants, hand-poured candles, and goat's milk soap. We have lots of family-friendly activities planned and you can see local bands in concert on July 17, August 21, and September 11.

Still need a reason to shop at the Farmers Market? Here are five:

1. Get Produce at the Peak of Freshness
Did you know that food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate? The fruits and vegetables you buy at the Farmers Market are picked at the peak of the growing season, so they are the freshest and tastiest available. This food is as real as it gets — fresh from the farm without gassing to simulate ripening, and no sitting in storage for weeks. The Farmers Market is seasonal. You can look forward to asparagus in spring, sweet corn in summer, and pumpkins in autumn.

2. Know Where Your Food Comes From
A trip to the Farmers Market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meet and talk to the farmers and food artisans to learn about how and where food is produced. Get to know the people who work hard to bring you the most delicious and nutritious food around and buy from local farmers and producers that you trust.

3. Support Family Farmers
Family farmers need your support. Large corporations dominate U.S. food production, putting the American tradition of small family farms in danger. Since 1935, the U.S. has lost 4.7 million farms, and fewer than one million Americans now claim farming as a primary occupation. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and shopping at farmers markets keeps the money you spend closer to your neighborhood.

4. Connect with Your Community
The Brownsburg Farmers Market is a community hub. It's a great place to meet up with friends and appreciate our small-town way of life. Coming to the Farmers Market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. Bring the kids for POP Club activities designed to connect them with fresh food and their health. And it's a great way to introduce kids to new foods. Let them pick out something that catches their eye and help them make a meal or snack with it.

5. SNAP and WIC Accepted
Brownsburg Farmers Market accepts SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) to help more area families have access to fresh, healthy and nutritious foods. SNAP-eligible items include produce, cheese, meats, honey, bread, dairy products, plants and seeds. Many of the market vendors also participate in WIC nutrition program benefits. Families can swipe the Hoosier Works EBT card at the market hub, and we'll double up to $20 to buy fresh produce.

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