Farmer's Market Auburn AL

Local resource for farmer’s market in Auburn. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to local produce and organic food, as well as advice and content on healthy eating.

Depot Farmers Market
(334) 745-0466
1032 South Railroad Avenue
Opelika, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 2- Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
County
Lee

Pioneer Farmers Market
(334) 243-5933
Corner of East Academy & North Oak Street; Downtown
Troy, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 23-Mid-June Saturday, 7:00 a.m -10:00 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
County
Pike

Macon County Farmers Market
(334) 552-0682
Intersection of Elm & Spring Streets
Tuskegee, AL
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
October-March Wednesday & Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Macon

East Chase Farmers Market
(334) 726-5104
7274 East Chase Parkway; Shoppes at East Chase
Montgomery, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 30-August 29 Saturday, 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Montgomery

Thomaston Farmers Market
(334) 627-3388
Intersection of Highways 25 & 28
Thomaston, AL
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 10- Wednesday, 7:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
County
Marengo

Lee County Main Street Farmers Market
(334) 749-3353
South Railroad Avenue; Between 8th & 9th Streets, Downtown
Opelika, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 2-August 25 Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 6:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.
County
Lee

Tuskegee Farmers Market
334-727-3309 Or 334-552-0682
402 N. Elm Street, Across From Tuskegee Post Office
Tuskegee, AL
Hours
May-March Wednesday &Amp; Saturday, May-Sept. 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. And Oct.-March , 9:00 A.M. - 12 Noon
Items
Fresh Fruit, Vegetables
Other
Organic: Not Known
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: Yes
Sfmnp: Yes
Wic Cash?: No

Enterprise Downtown Market
(334) 348-2668
College Street; At Railroad Depot
Enterprise, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May 30- Tuesday & Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
County
Coffee

Fairview Farmers Market
(334) 263-5759
Fairview Avenue
Montgomery, AL
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Daily, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
County
Montgomery

Madison County Farmers Market
(256) 532-1661
1022 Cook Avenue
Huntsville, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
September-March Daily, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
County
Madison

Agriculture Shock

The simple act of planting a seed and watching it grow has degraded
into bizarre synthetic agriculture based on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
More disturbing still are the so-called genetically modified “Frankenfoods” that
further distance fruits and vegetables from nature. But most distressing of all,
chemical agriculture’s crops may contain significantly less nutrition than you think.

By Eric Schneider

November 2007

 When thinking of agriculture, it’s easy to imagine the scene of a farmer in a sunlit field or Johnny Appleseed planting a future orchard. However romantic, these notions touch on the inherent simplicity of farming, which—at its most basic—involves people working with nature to produce food beyond their immediate needs. What doesn’t come to mind are planes dropping clouds of chemicals on an expanse of crops or scientists working to modify plant genes. But, increasingly, these are common aspects of modern agriculture.

 Natural farming methods served the world well for thousands of years. But while the Industrial Revolution brought about exponential innovation and vastly greater yields, in the last half of the 20th century even these strides seemed insufficient in the face of surging population and an insatiable desire for productivity above all else. This quest for ever-higher yields initially focused on deterring crop-eating animals and insects, ultimately leading to many decidedly non-organic tactics.

The elder statesmen of unnatural agricultural practices, chemical pesticides came into prominence during the 1940s. Though pesticides were generally quite effective in exterminating harmful insects, it was discovered that they also left behind compounds that poisoned the environment. This issue was publicly exposed in writer/biologist Rachel Carson’s renowned 1962 book, Silent Spring, which led to the widespread banning of the synthetic DDT and essentially jump-started the environmental movement. But pesticide use has continued (and even increased) since that time, resulting in depletion of nutrients in the soil—which, in turn, means less nutrients in crops—as well as chemical residues that remain in produce. While the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on pesticides, the trace amounts allowed in many foods can still be linked directly to illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In a 2005 report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a disturbing 73% of fresh fruit and vegetables tested showed detectable pesticide residues.

Frankenfood Future?
    Concern about pesticides not only brought about increased environmental awareness, it prompted a shift towards organic food, particularly in recent years. Generally overlapping with this period, however, has been the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the result of scientists altering the structure of plants to obtain a specific immunity or trait rather than ach...

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