A 2013 guide provides information on local farmers’ markets in Chester County
This week, August 4 through 10, is National Farmers’ Market Week, and the Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau encourages residents to take advantage of all the fresh vegetables and fruit that abound at local farmers’ markets and farm stands.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture emphasizes that shopping at farmers’ markets is a great way to get fresh, seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables, as well as support local growers and the local economy.
Here are a few tips for residents planning to attend farmers’ markets:
Don’t let the crowds overwhelm you. Farmers’ markets can get crowded. Be patient and take your time to check out each vendor’s produce.
Arrive early to get the best selection.
Stop at each vendor’s stand before making a purchase. Prices and selection can vary from farmer to farmer. Comparison shop.
Talk to the growers. Try a sample, particularly of something new. Check out the taste and flavor. Ask how they like to prepare it.
Bring your own reusable bag and storage containers for the more delicate fruits and vegetables like blackberries and cherry tomatoes.
Share the experience with your friends and neighbors and on Facebook.
The Chester County 2013 Local Farm Products Guide has a listing of farmers’ markets and farmers’ stands in Chester County and a map showing their location.
Farmers’ Markets nearest to Unionville and Kennett Square residents (Southeastern Chester County and West Chester) include:Kennett Square Farmers’ Market Downtown Kennett Square Fridays, 2pm–6pm 610-444-8188 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ksqfarmersmarket.wordpress.com New Garden Growers’ Market Near New Garden Township Park Route 41 Saturdays: 9am–1pm 610-268-2150 www.newgardengrowers.com West Chester Growers’ Market Downtown West Chester Church Street parking lot Saturdays: 9am–1pm email@example.com www.westchestergrowersmarket.com Artisan Exchange West Chester Artisan Exchange 208 Carter Drive Suite 13-B West Chester, PA 19382 Saturdays: 10am–2pm 610-719-0232 www.artisanexchangewcpa.com
Other locations of farm outlets, retail outlets, and specialty products can be found in the Local Farm Products guide on the website.