As demand for local food continues to grow, winter markets play an important role in expanding a farmers’ season to market fresh food directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers’ markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches.
The Kittery Community Market began in 2013, and currently hosts 28 vendors selling a wide variety of products, including fresh local produce, cheese, bread, tortillas, charcuterie, fruits, locally caught seafood, pasture raised meats, hand crafted goods, baked goods, and prepared foods. In the most recent season, Kittery Community Market generated a 30% increase in sales for these local producers, a valuable economic boost for the region.
“The support we feel at Kittery Community Market is amazing! Farmers’ Markets provide the opportunity to create small businesses, strengthen local economy, and give back to our neighbors this holiday season!” –Lori Gibson, Market Manager
Kittery Community Market accepts SNAP/EBT with a $1 bonus match for every $1 spent! Kittery Community Market is offering SNAP/EBT shoppers an additional $20 voucher for SNAP eligible foods of November 24 and December 22. Accepting WIC for organic produce. Kittery Community Market farmers donate produce to local Footprints Food Pantry and our canned food drive items will be donated to Footprints Food Pantry.
“Farmers markets play a vital role not just in generating real income for farmers, but in forming a healthy, prosperous food systems,” says Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture and sharing recipes and new foods with their neighbors. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier.”
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