October 5th from 9am to 1pm at Community Park in Bullhead City.
Join the community in supporting our local farmer’s market. This year’s market is expected to be the biggest since the market began in 2011. Vendors from fresh fruits, vegetables, soaps, breads, chocolates, and handmade goods will fill the park. The event is a great place to bring the whole family.
History of Farmer’s Market¹:
First, what exactly is a farmers market? The USDA defines it as: “a multi-stall market at which farmer-producers sell agricultural products directly to the general public at a central or fixed location, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables (but also meat products, dairy products, and/or grains).”
In addition to produce, meat, etc., vendors can also sell prepared foods, plants, flowers, baked goods, and even craft items. Generally, there is a requirement that all products sold must be local. Of course, the term “local” is subject to interpretation.
Food is undoubtedly the most important commodity sold at a farmers market. The idea behind farmers markets is that the middleman – the grocery store – is cut out of the equation. You’re buying fresh produce straight from the growers themselves.
Farmers markets date all the way back to Egypt over 5,000 years ago. Farmers along the Nile came together to sell their fresh produce.
The first farmers market in the United States opened in 1634 in Boston, Massachusetts. Many markets began following: Hartford in 1643, New York City by 1686, and Philadelphia in 1693, to name a few.
The appeal of farmers markets took another great leap between 1994 and 2008, when the number of operating markets rose 300% during that 14 year time frame. Farmers markets have only continued to expand in numbers over the years.
Today, farmers markets are as commonplace in a community as a grocery store. They can be as small as only three to four vendors, or as large as hundreds of farmers coming together.
The biggest farmers market in the world is in Tokyo, and boasts over 1,700 stalls.