True Food Words: At Community Markets’ Farmers Markets, ‘Local’ Means “To Market and Back in a Day”

As more people want to know our food sources, mass marketers are learning to imitate the calls of courtship with words like “all-natural,” “sustainable,” and “artisanal.” How are shoppers to know what’s authentic?

On Saturday, May 26, Community Markets will open their 21st season of managing farmers markets with the guarantee of one essential word: local. At their venues throughout the Hudson Valley and NYC, shoppers can buy directly from farmers and food producers, who are all ‘local,’ meaning they travel “to market and back in a day.”

“Since 1991, when we started our first farmers market in Ossining, New York, the goal has always been to connect people directly with farmers. Even with our artisanal producers, we make sure that they source their ingredients from area farms. We’re doing our job when we’re able to help keep farms and local businesses healthy,” said Miriam Haas, Founder of Community Markets.

This year the company will run 15 farmers markets. Here are the details for Community Markets’ opening weekend in Piermont:

Piermont Farmers Market
When: Begins Sunday, May 27 and runs every Sunday through December 30, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: M & T Bank Parking lot – Piermont Avenue & Ash Street (Street address: 527 Piermont Avenue)

Who: Vendors returning for 2012 season: Valley Shepherd Creamery, Benmarl Winery, Farm, Chiboust, Pika’s Farm Table, Bodhi Tree Farm, Tierra Farm, Doc Pickle, Bombay Emerald Chutney Company, Bread Alone, an Meredith’s Bread. New vendors to market: John D. Madura Farms and Go-Go Pops.

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