Did you know that Greater Brunswick is home to five farmers markets? They are such an incredible resource for local eaters, and the farms and food producers of the region. Each market is run by a different organization, or group of vendors, which means that there are various ways of supporting each one. Click here to learn more about the individual markets of the region.
Regardless of which market(s) you call your own, or if you’re visiting markets while traveling, here are some easy ways to support them:
- Shop at markets often! Get to know your farmers, fishermen and food producers.
- Shop the whole market (meat, veggies, cheese, prepared foods, etc.) and try new foods often.
- If it’s in season, purchase it at the farmers’ market. Click here to see what’s in season, and some fun accompanying recipes.
- Volunteer at the SNAP booth or information booth at your favorite markets. All markets in our region need volunteers right now – reach out via email to let them know you’d like to get involved!
- Brunswick-Topsham Land Trusts’ Saturday Market at Crystal Spring Farm – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brunswick Farmers Market – email@example.com
- Bath Farmers Market – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bowdoinham Farmers Market – email@example.com
- Brunswick Winter Market, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Invite your friends and family to the market with you.
- Donate to the market to help offset the operating cost or purchase market merchandise (hats, bags, shirts, etc). Most markets are run by a host of folks volunteering their time and resources.
- Bring your own shopping bags and produce bags. And return plant pots, egg crates, onion bags, etc.
- Talk to your employer about adding farmers markets to their employee wellness plan. Maine has a program called BumperCrop run by the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets.
Eating locally is a wonderful way to support the local economy, your community, and a healthy environment through sustainable farming and food production. Get eating folks!