Posted by Michael Bulger Jun 24, 2013

Why A Farmers’ Market?


With diet-related diseases on the rise, researchers and policymakers have searched for ways to improve the food choices made by individuals. Studies have found that access to quality produce increased the number of fruit and vegetable servings people consumed. Simply put, you’re more likely to eat fresh, delicious strawberries than you are to gulp down strawberries left sitting in the supermarket a little too long. By providing patients, staff, and the community, with easy access to an abundance of the freshest, top-quality goodies, HVHC hopes to encourage individuals to view eating their veggies as a pleasure, not a chore! At the same time as Americans’ diets decline in quality, there’s been a rise in food industry consolidation. Fewer and fewer companies control the production and retailing of our food supply. This has meant that times have
gotten tough, not only for consumers seeking healthy options, but also for small family farms. There’s been a steep decline in the number of farms in
New York and the nation. Many farmers are succumbing to the expenses of chemical inputs, rising fuel and land prices, and more powerful retailers willing to pay farmers less and less for their food. By shopping at the farmers’ market, you’re ensuring that your food dollars go straight to local family
farms. We select vendors based on the attention they pay to using ingredients produced with extra care for the local soil and wildlife, as well as animal welfare. Our farmers eschew the use of antibiotics, hormones, and damaging pesticides, and the animals are given plenty of room enjoy.
The market provides great local farmers a way to build direct relationships with their neighbors and customers. So, come meet your farmers and take home some great local products!


Meet the Vendors!
We’ll be using this space to highlight our great vendors and give you updates on the happenings at
each farm. For now, let’s just go over a quick list of some of the vendors and what you can find at their
stand:


Acorn Hill Farm

What do you do with about two dozen goats? Start a micro-creamery! Acorn Hill offers delicious cheeses, fudge, and even soaps. All You Knead

 

All You Knead

We’re pleased to welcome our newest vendor. All You Knead provides amazing breads using
only the best ingredients.


Continental Organics

Talk about sustainable! Continental and Cornell University developed an
innovative “closed loop” system that combines a fish farm, a hydroponic greenhouse, and a field. Each
component provides nutrients for the others, allowing Continental to bring fresh produce to our market.

 

G&K Sweet Food

G&K is Gay Wheeler-Smith and friend
and business partner Kecia Palmer-Cousins. Gay is a
fourth-generation baker and Kecia comes from a
family of entrepenuers. They not only bake family
recipes for our market, but they will also be selling
their pies at the Super Bowl. Try the sweet potato pie.
(And don’t forget to share!)


Hemlock Hill Farm

This family farm has served the community for well over half a century. Their animals
are all raised drug-free and at home on the pasture. Whether it’s free-range chicken or pork ribs, this is the
place to buy meat.

 

Hilltop Hanover Farm

Not only is Hilltop Hanover a farm, it’s also an educational center. You can take classes on environmental stewardship, send the kids
to sustainable summer camp, or just visit and enjoy the beauty for free. Did we mention they farm outstanding veggies? Healthy for the environment, and healthy for you! We have so many great vendors, we’ll have to continue
this next month! From flowers and potted plants to pickles and fresh greens, our vendors have all you
need. Come out and see for yourself.

See this great video, where we interview some of our vendors at last year's Farmer's Market.