We’re not alone, but we sure are special!
The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture lists 69 farmers markets for the 2013 summer season, and the Tilton Farmers’ Market is proud to be part of that number. Farmers and food producers have more choice than ever when choosing which markets they’ll participate in; that’s why we’re so proud that 34 of New Hampshire’s finest producers of local foods have chosen to spend Friday evenings at the Tilton Farmers’ Market this summer.
New Hampshire’s number of farmers markets is just a sliver of the 8,144 markets in the United States this year—but still, that’s almost one for every three towns! According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the overall number is slowing just a bit and is up 3.6 percent over 2012. There’s still room for plenty of growth, though, if we’re willing to direct even more of our household food budgets toward local producers. In 2011, Americans spent more than $7 billion on food sourced locally. At the same time, they spent more than $700 billion on food from grocery stores; we’re guessing a few of those dollars could be shifted.
Think about it: How much could you shift your food dollars by making even more of a commitment to New Hampshire farms and food producers?
Perhaps you’ll interest a few friends in shopping locally by picking up some fresher than fresh food at the Tilton Farmers’ Market today and hosting a totally-local summer barbecue this weekend? There couldn’t be a better time to do it!
See you at the market!