March – The Importance of Farmers Markets

Our 10th Year!

The Denton Community Market was founded in 2009, and the first Market season was in 2010.

2019 is our 10th Market Season!

The Denton Community Market 10th Year Anniversary Season begins April 6, 2019 at our annual Opening Day! This year features our wonderful local and handmade vendors, including farmers, artisans, makers, bakers, food vendors, artist, craftspersons, and more! Plus local live music, free activities, and festivities for families and pets!

The 2019 Opening Day will also feature a Special Guest Ceremony at 10 AM and a Special History of the Market Exhibit. We will be unveiling our Special Exhibit and 10th Year Anniversary merchandise. Guests can view the exhibit for the entire 2019 season. Some displays will change monthly. Learn about the Denton Community Market all year when you visit our markets!

The Importance of Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets and local small businesses create a thriving local economy that supports a sustainable local food system, while creating a sense of place. The Denton Community Market provides a space where farmers, artisans, local businesses, musicians, community members, and families come together and support the community.

The Importance of Farmers Markets:

Fueling Rural Communities

Direct marketing farmers experience lower rates of farm business failure or bankruptcy than growers who sell exclusively wholesale. Growers selling locally create thirteen full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create only three.

Supporting Healthy Communities

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, if Americans boosted their average daily consumption of fruits and vegetables by just one additional portion per day, it would save America more than $2.7 trillion in healthcare costs. Farmers markets offer shoppers the freshest, most flavorful fruits and vegetables in America.

Supporting Farmland Conservation, Preservation, and Education

According to a study conducted by the American Farm Bureau, 72% of consumers know “nothing” or “very little” about farming or ranching. Farmers markets serve as invaluable educational sites and a rare bridge between urban and rural communities.

81% of direct marketing farmers incorporate cover crops, reduced tillage, on-site composting, and other soil health practices into their operations. 78% of direct marketing farmers use practices consistent with Organic standards according to the American Farmland Trust.

Denton Community Market Works To Provide Access to High Quality Products

The Denton Community Market works to develop and implement programs that benefit the community of Denton and surrounding areas, while supporting North Texas agricultural producers.

We work to bring high quality sustainably produced items to Market. All the vendors at Market are local, within 100 miles of Denton, and are the producers of their products. Our agricultural producers and farmers are DCM Certified Farmers, which means we visit every farm and confirm they are local, producer-only, and utilize sustainable practices. The farmers at the Denton Community Market practice sustainable techniques, often exceeding organic certification standards, to bring Denton residents the highest quality local products possible.

We also work to administer SNAP and WIC FMNP Programs that allow low-income residents and families to have increased access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and staple food items. We work to grow these programs, and to increase accessibility and affordability of healthy foods. Information about these programs can be found on our website, and at our Market information booth during Market season.

Additional information provided by: https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/advocacy/