Farmer's Market Madison AL

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

Madison City Farmers Market
(256) 656-7841
1282 Hughes Road
Madison, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Madison

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

Athens Farmers Market
(256) 233-6412
409 Green Street, West
Athens, AL
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-December Tuesday & Friday, 6:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Limestone

Hartselle Farmers Market
Sparkman Street Sw
Hartselle, AL
 
The Markert At Jack-O-Latern Farms
(256) 386-2553
Garage Road; TVA Reservation
Muscle Shoals, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
October-May Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
County
Colbert

BridgeStreet Farmers Market
(310) 207-8600 ext. 119
6782 Old Madison Pike; SW corner Of Bridestreet Lot
Huntsville, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 6-October 1 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
County
Madison

Decatur/Morgan County Farmers Market
(256) 476-5595
211 1st Ave. SE
Decatur, AL
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April 11- Monday-Saturday, 6:00 am.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Morgan

Hartselle Farmers Market
(256) 773-2549
Sparkman Street SW
Hartselle, AL
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May- Monday - Saturday, 6:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
County
Morgan

Walker County Farmers Market
1501 North Airport Road
Jasper, AL
Hours
06/05/2010-10/31/2010 Tuesday, 7:00 Am. Thursday, 7:00 Am. Saturday, 7:00 Am.
Items
Fresh Fruit, Herbs, Plants, Vegetables
Other
Organic: No
Year Round?: No
Credit/Debit: No
Wic: No
Snap: No
Sfmnp: Yes
Wic Cash?: No

Pell City Farmers Market
(256) 538-5100
Highway 231 North; Mary's Warehouse
Pell City, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 3- Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
County
St. Clair

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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