Woman touts benefits of farmers markets

Farmers Market

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — There are now at least 10 different farmers markets set up around the Youngstown area.

The markets are great ways to buy and get fresh, locally grown foods.

Megan Tehua of the Mahoning Valley Food Coalition said there are several benefits to the farmers markets and the selection of produce varies at each one. Some of the items that can be purchased at the markets right now are spinach, lettuce, green onions, apples and other seasonal produce.

She said in about three weeks, there will be a whole new crop of offerings at the markets but there are staples available all the time.

Tehua said there are at least 100 local farmers who sell their produce at the farmers markets and there is easily 500 farmers who sell from their stands in other ways.

She said the Mahoning Valley Food Coalition encourages consumers to buy their food within a 30-mile radius. The website www.30milemealms.org highlights area restaurants that purchase their food from local growers as well as different ways to access fresh produce.

Tehua said some of the farmers markets, including the Goodness Grows market, do not open for several weeks. She said that is because neighborhood preferences vary on when the residents are willing to go to them.

She said the idea of farmers markets is taking hold in this area and every year, more are added. She said the Idora Neighborhood Farmers Market is new this year.

For more information and a listing of area farmers markets, click here.

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