It's National Farmers Market Week

Did someone say fresh food? It's National Farmers Market Week! All week long people will be celebrating the 8,000 markets across the United States, the farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

Jim Hartman is retired, but for the past two years he's been helping his son sell chicken from his farm in Athens. "We're trying to bring organically raised chickens, healthy chickens, that taste good to the general public," said Hartman, "This is our way of introducing what is becoming a better product, and a product that is like it used to be 50 or 60 years ago."

Hartman doesn't just set up in Kronenwetter. He sells at several farmers markets in the area from Marshfield to Medford. "Some people of course buy it because they know that there aren't any antibiotics used," said Hartman.

On a beautiful day like this one, a farmers market is the perfect place for friends and family to come out and leisurely shop for food that they know is guaranteed to be freshly grown and come straight from the farm."

Julie Rybacki has been shopping at farmers markets for years now, she said it's the fresh food that keeps her coming back. "I'd rather have it come from gardens in the area, then travel half way across the country or from another country," said Rybacki.

Rybacki said after she leaves the market she's going home to make a farmers market salad filled with fresh potatoes, beans and zucchini.

You can find farmers markets throughout the summer in our state, but the one in Kronenwetter stops running on October 12. And as apart of the FoodShare program, the village offers EBT payment options.


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