Early Bird Farmers Market to kick off

April 22, 2014

Downtown Eaton, Inc. is encouraging residents to support local growers and farmers by shopping at the downtown Eaton Early Bird Farmers Market.

On Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., the Eaton Early Bird Farmers Market will open for its 12th year. This event is open every Saturday through mid-September from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The market will offer fresh produce (including organic), honey, fresh baked goods such as rolls, cakes, pies, breads, cookies and homemade noodles. Also available will be greenhouse plants, fresh flowers, crafts and more.

There are many benefits to buying local:

Local food tastes better: The crops are picked at their peak freshness, and farm-made products, such as cheeses and jams, are hand-crafted for the best flavor. Local food tastes better because it is fresher and has been grown or created with the consumer in mind.

Local food travels fewer miles to land on your plate The farther food travels, the more energy and gasoline must be used to get the food to your plate. Buying local will save energy costs and valuable non-renewable resources.

Local produce is more nutritious: The less time that passes between farm and table, the fewer nutrients fresh produce will lose.

Local produce stays fresh longer: Since the produce was picked the day before, it will last longer in your refrigerator (if you can hold off from devouring it!).

Local produce is safe: Local farmers are not anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumer seriously.

Local produce benefit the environment and wildlife: Well-managed farms conserve fertile soil and clean water in our communities. The farm provides a habitat for wildlife.

Local food connects you to the land through the farmers who grow your food: There is something exciting about engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Talking to the very farmer who grew and picked your food gives you insight into the relationship between the seasons, the land, and your food.

Buy seasonal. Buy local as much as possible. The local farmers’ market is an excellent place to start, according to DEI.

Vendors pay a low fee of $25 for the whole season or can pay $5 each Saturday.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling Patty Wagner at 937-456-1705. Registration forms will also be available on site at the Farmers Market.