Farmer's Markets

Google, available to be shared

The colorful staples you find at a farmers market, from fresh nectarines to ripe tomatoes, come from local farms. Many of these farms are independent or family-owned, some are passed down through generations. The average age of today’'s farmers is fifty-nine years old yet many people in their twenties and thirties are turning to farming as a career. Raising crops and livestock is a rewarding way of life for many but isn'’t without its challenges.

This year'’s weather has been tough on farmers, but the dozens of  farmer's’ markets around Greater Cincinnati are stocked-full of fresh fruits, vegetables and other locally-produced items, from baked goods and meats to fresh-cut flowers.

Food access and security continues to be a problem, here and in many other parts of the country. According to a 2011 Cincinnati study,  69% of residents live at least 1.5 miles or more from a mainstream grocery outlet. And most of those residents are below the federal poverty line. The Produce Perks program increases affordability and accessibility to healthful foods for low-income families and individuals, focusing on access to healthy fruits and vegetables.

Holly Yurchison/WVXU

Days of dry, intense heat alternating with long periods of almost constant rain, the weather has been hard on farms and gardens this year. But

Chelsea VandeDrink

Jim's right - this interview was warm and inviting.  An emotion not to distant from our overall experience in Wyoming.  The women in charge of the Wyoming Farmer's Market are not just enthusiastic about food, but the community as well.