County: Support local farmers markets this season Goshen. Orange County officials encourage residents to visit the area's farmers markets this summer.
The Goshen Farmers Market (Photo provided)
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus reminds residents that with the warmer weather and longer days, the farmer’s market season is upon us. The bounty of the region’s rich agricultural resources can be found at these open-air farmers markets. Several markets are already open with many more opening in the coming weeks and most operating weekly through October or November. “Shopping at farmers markets is a great way to support the local economy,” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said. “These markets are important to our farming families and provide us with fresh, healthy produce, helping to ensure a sustainable Orange County. I hope residents will continue to support our local farm stands and markets this summer.” Countywide there are more than a dozen markets to explore when the season is in full swing. Each has its own unique offerings and variety of vendors who take pride in their homegrown products. In addition to farm fresh fruits and vegetables, there is a wide array of artisan dairy products, gourmet prepared foods, adult craft beverages, honey, locally raised meats, cut flowers, live plants and more available for purchase. Many markets also feature live music to set the mood for a fun, family-friendly shopping experience. Residents should make it a point to buy local and shop Orange County’s farmers markets this season, according to the county. You’ll be sure to discover new, tasty and healthy treats while supporting our hard-working farm community. Farmers markets support a $100 million dollar agricultural industry in Orange County, officials said, stimulating the local economy and creating jobs. Officials estimate that approximately 16 percent of the county’s land is farmland and over 10,000 acres are used in vegetable production, which is the third largest in the state. “Farmers markets offer a great way to eat healthy and meet our neighbors who are growing the produce that we put on our tables for our families,” Neuhaus added. Officials encourage residents to make it a point to buy local and shop Orange County’s farmers markets this season, where they will be sure to discover new, tasty and healthy treats while supporting the hard-working farm community. For a full listing of Orange County farms and farmers markets, visit orangetourism.org/agritourism or call (845) 615-3860.