Farmer's Market Essex Junction VT

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

Burlington Downton Farmers Market
(888) 889-8188
College Street and City Hall Park
Burlington, VT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May 9-October 31 Saturday, 8:30 AM- 2:30 PM
County
Chittenden

Williston Farmers Market
(802) 872-7728
Route 2, On the Village Green; Next to the library
Willston, VT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May 30-October 10 Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Richmond Farmers Market
(802) 434-5273
Volunteers Green
Richmond, VT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 5-October 16 Friday, 3:00 PM-6:30 PM
County
Chittenden

Milton Grange Farmers Market
(802) 893-7734
Milton Grange
Milton, VT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 13-October 10 Saturday, 9:30 AM- 1:30 PM
County
Chittenden

Willsboro Farmers' Market
Rt. 22
Willsboro, NY
Hours
06/10/2010-09/09/2010 Thursday, 9:00 Am - 1:00 Pm.
Items
Baked Goods, Crafts And Woodworking Items, Fresh Fruit, Honey, Vegetables
Vendors
This Market Has 15 Vendors.
Other
Organic: Not Known
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: Yes
Snap: No
Sfmnp: No
Wic Cash?: No

Winooski Farmers Market
734-6175
Winooski Falls Way, in front of Champlain Mill
Winooski, VT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June 11-October 15 Thursday, 3:30 PM- 6:30 PM
County
Chittenden

Shelburne Farmers Market
(802) 985-2472
Shelburne Parade Ground, Church St.; Located in Shelburne Center
Shelburne, VT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 30-October 10 Saturday, 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM
County
Chittenden

Westford Farmers Market
(802) 878-7405
On the Westford Common, Rte. 128
Westford, VT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 12-October 16 Friday, 3:30- PM- 6:30 PM
County
Chittenden

Hinesburg Farmers Market
(802) 482-2651
United Church of Hinesburg; Route 116 (Main St.)
Hinesburg, VT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 4-September 24 Thursday, 3:30 PM- 7:00 PM
County
Chittenden

Waterbury Farmers Market
279-4371
Rusty Parker Park, S. Main St.
Waterbury, VT
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 28-October Thursday, 3:00 PM- 7:00 PM
County
Washington

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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