The Summit Farmers’ Market, everyone’s favorite, opened on May 13, and will take place every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., until November 18, in the parking lot at the corner of Maple Ave. and DeForest Ave. The market has locally-grown fruits and vegetables, including organic choices. There is also an appealing display of specialty purveyors whose items include baked goods, prepared dishes, fresh fish, coffee, fruits and nuts, oils, jams, meat, chocolate, great lemonade, plants and more!

Aside from the obvious--great, fresh food and specialty items--locals who choose to do at least some of their shopping at the Farmers' Market are also contributing to the long-term sustainability of Summit and other nearby communities. The Market provides a venue for both small and medium size businesses to sell their products without significant overhead and without the cost, both financial and environmental, of long-distance shipping.

A number of Summit retail businesses have tables at the Market, including Brownie Points Bakery, Carter & Cavero Oil Olives, Hoboken Farms, Café Mavi and Pizza Vita. By supporting local businesses, you are also contributing to the local economy. Local businesses hire locally, donate locally and often do some of their shopping locally, so your support of them supports the community as a whole.

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So make a plan to visit the Framers' Market on Sunday. Take your time browsing and chatting with the neighbors you’re sure to run into. It’s a great way to buy local, eat local and enjoy the easy pace and outdoor social pleasantries that the warm weather brings.

The Summit Farmers' Market is sponsored by the Summit Downtown Inc.

By Beth Lovejoy, on behalf of the Summit Environmental Commission