For National Farmers Market Week in 2022, we redid our map of farmers to show additions and subtractions. We also did the math and found that our farmers travel an average of about 50 miles to Farmington. Here's why that's important.
The nutrient density of produce begins to decline the minute it is harvested. Our farmers generally pick their produce on Fridays before market Saturdays, and since they travel an average of about 50 miles to Riley Park and the Sundquist Pavilion, that means those fruits and veggies have lost very little nutrition by the time they hit the market tables. That compares to the produce grown thousands of miles away that then travel to grocery stores and sit on shelves for several days, meaning that, by the time you eat them, your fruits and veggies may have lost half their nutrient density.
So let's recognize our Michigan farms and farmers as state treasures that make coming to market something special.
Our 2022 Farmers & Growers
Map designed by Market volunteer Christina Clark
Note: Strong Soil Farm and Trillium Wood are not coming to market this year but plan to return.
Market mainstays Bill and Ellen Gass cultivate seeds of hope in Honduras