Keeping it local

New farmer's market will bring food from the farm to your table

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Organized by the non-profit Air Soil Water, the new Milford Farmer's Market is being hosted at River Rock Inn courtyard starting this Sunday, May 25.

Over 20 farms and food vendors from the tri-state area will be selling seasonal produce, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, and more while the band Circle Jam entertains the crowd. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Who will be there
New vendors are continuously being announced on the Farmer's market facebook page (farmersmarketmilfordpa).

David Zelov and Danielle Szepi from Kittatinny Mountain Farm said, "We are excited to be bringing our produce to the Milford Farmer's Market. We live in Montague and farm in both Montague and Wantage so we are really looking forward to having a market right in our community".

With shorter transport time from farm to table, food purchased at farmer's markets can boast freshness you can taste. David Wallace of Air Soil Water says that the Milford Market has three goals — to "stimulate local economy, improve health, and make better use of land resources".

A summer-long market
Jolie DeFeis of Air Soil Water said that after a fruitful Tri-state Farm to Table festival in Milford last fall resulted in "a successful trial run and great response to our open house in March, we knew the time was right to start a weekly Farmers Market in Milford. More than ever people want to know where their food comes from and how it’s prepared." said

When accessing the Ann St. Park proved difficult to secure for the market, Ken Pisciotta, owner of the River Rock Inn, pointed out that his courtyard had lots of space. He says he's "looking forward to the success of [the market] for years to come."

Running until Nov. 2, the market will provide fresher, local foods to area restaurants as well as directly to customers. “We have the land and resources to supply everyone from the average consumer and the largest retailers to institutions. They all can have local food with safer, healthier, more transparent production and more accountable use of land. And people will have food that tastes better. And those who sell it will make sustainability and good health profitable," said board member David Wallace.

The Tri-state Farm to Table festival will be returning this fall, and the organizers are currently exploring the possibility of starting another market in Port Jervis. Air Soil Water is a non-profit environmental group whose mission is to teach and achieve sustainability by educating and engaging the community for measurable public benefit. You can find out more information on their website at airsoilwaterorg.wordpress.com/.


Side bar: Other ways to eat local

Many of the produce vendors at the Milford Farmer's Market offer CSA shares (community supported agriculture) and you can find a list online at http://www.localharvest.org/. CSA shares provide each shareholder with a box of seasonal produce on a weekly or biweekly basis. Some farms such as Kittatinny Mountain Farm also offer workshare programs, where you receive a food share in exchange for work on the farm. Joining a CSA helps local farmers plan for their season and is a great way to eat seasonally.

Other area Farmer's Markets can be found Fridays in Hawley at Bingham Park May- October, from 2- 5:30 p.m., Saturdays in Barryville, NY, behind the River Market May 17- Oct. 25 from 10 am to 1 p.m., and Saturdays in Augusta, NJ, at the Sussex County Fairgrounds May- October from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy also maintains a Shop Local Save Land directory online at http://delawarehighlands.org/initiatives/slsldirectory

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