The local Norton Farmer’s Market is held from spring to fall highlighting some of the best small harvests and products locally grown and made. They feature baked goods, produce, local honey, jams, breads, and more! Come visit and stay awhile every Thursday evening from -5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The Farmer's Market is located at the Water Tower Park right off U.S Hwy 36, with easy parking and exiting.
While there check out the Station 15, which historically was the 15th stop along the Leavenworth-Pike's Peak Express Stage Line. The park has great picnic tables and provides a nice stop area.
For information on how you can be -part of this important community resource, contact the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce at 785-877-2501.
Our Travel & Business Visitor Station is located at 205 S. State St., Norton, KS 67654
farm·ers' mar·ket noun
a food market at which local farmers sell fruit and vegetables and often meat, cheese, and bakery products directly to consumers.
“A farmers market is a public and recurring assembly of farmers or their representatives selling the food that they produced directly to consumers. Farmers markets facilitate personal connections and bonds of mutual benefits between farmers, shoppers, and communities.”
It’s that time again! A key component of having a farmers market are those words ‘personal connections’. We want to encourage you to participate in our local event not only as a buyer, but as a seller. Each market is different in each community, and we look forward to defining our market with distinction, fun, and laughter. Not only do we look for produce and love to support our local growers, but if you make or produce something fun and want to share it, please consider participating. It is only $5 for a space, or $30 per season. For Space Info contact D. Dean Liddle at email@example.com or the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!
1. Taste Real Flavors The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.
2. Enjoy the Season The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region.
3. Support Family Farmers Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.
4. Protect the Environment Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.
5. Nourish Yourself Most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.
6. Discover the Spice of Life: Variety At the farmers market you may find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket.
7. Promote Humane Treatment of Animals At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture.
8. Know Where Your Food Comes From A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.
9. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas Farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling.
10. Connect with Your Community Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life.
Sept. 2017: TRAVELING KANSAS is a local production from Smoky Hills Public Television that highlights communities, people and attractions across the state. This episode explores the past and present with a spotlight on the restoration of several historic buildings in Norton and the economic development efforts throughout the county.
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