It’s finally happening. A step towards environmental responsibility. A nod of support to our local growers. Another win for Hertel.
I’m sure most of you need not be sold on the benefits the come along with supporting local farmers markets, but I’ll reinforce them:
- Choosing to eat locally is more than a trend, it is a healthy way of life.
- Eating local means you have access to nutritional, fresh foods.
- Eating local means you know the farmer that has produced your food.
- Eating local is being environmentally responsible as you are choosing to eat without imposing a large carbon footprint.
- Eating local is economically responsible, as the dollars you spend on food are kept in circulation within our local community.
The market is set to run on Thursdays through November 6, but will take the week of July 17 off so volunteers and their families can attend the annual North Buffalo Italian Festival. (I’m sure if the farmers could grow cannoli or zeppole they’d stay open, but without that, no chance.)
A Grand Opening Celebration is planned for July with music and activities when more vendors will be available and fresh produce is in full season. Food trucks are being invited, and vendors are always welcome to apply.
It was no easy feat to get this market off the ground. Securing a location proved to be much more than “let’s do it here” as most of the 15+ sites that were scouted were unavailable. This made securing growers difficult too, as it’s already late in the season. But now we have the foundation to start building what could be a large, annual marketplace. If we show some mighty Buffalove to the few who can join us this year, then we will reap the benefits next year and beyond!
Kudos to Patricia DiFrancesco Banning, Board Member of NorthBuffalo.org and Market Manager, for her hard work and diligence to make this happen. Without her, we’d still be aimlessly saying “Hey, Hertel should get a farmers market.”
Shop Local – Support Farmers – Eat Well – Celebrate Community