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Posted on 01.08.12
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  • Posted on 01.08.12

One of the strongest arguments for farmers markets (and for urban farming programs like the one that occupies Vanguard Cabinet member Whitney Sewell) is the frequency with which I am asked why the markets are not open year-round. Most local farmers markets, especially the small ones, are tied to local farms. They sell what the farmers have grown ' and their crops have seasons. Even with advances in extending growing seasons, there aren't a lot of things coming out of the ground in this part of the Midwest in mid-winter. (The popular Tower Grove Farmers Market, for example, closes in November and re-opens in May.)

Understanding where our food comes from, when, and how are important parts of being a healthy city. Farmers markets reconnect city residents to farmers in the region ' and farmers to urban communities.