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Lexington Farmers Market Outdoor Season to Begin Next Month

Riley Miller

While the Lexington Farmers Market operates year round, the outdoor season will begin next month and continue until late November.

The Lexington Farmers Market has been in existence since 1975, offering seasonal, locally grown foods. It is now made up of 75 members. Vendors offer a variety of locally grown foods including vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, poultry, honey, sauces, wines, cheeses, yogurts, and much more.

Many vendors offer organic and GMO-free options.  Not only is the food healthier for your body, but by supporting local farmers, you help stimulate Kentucky’s economy.

Many associate healthy eating with expensive prices.  However, Executive Director of the Lexington Farmers Market Jeff Dabbelt says that with a little extra effort, healthier food options can be purchased while easily staying within your budget.  “I think we all understand that nobody wants to pay more for something than they have to, and I think you have to look a little deeper at the costs of the items here,” Dabbelt says.  “At the same time, shopping wisely will allow you to stretch your dollar… so buying in bulk, buying in season, for example, buying a whole chicken…” can easily keep you within your budget Dabbelt added.

LFM vendor Mac Stone illustrates an example of how you can do just that.

“If you take one of our whole chickens, you can easily, by the time you eat appropriate portions, first of all, then you can make soup out of the stock,” Stone says.  “You can extend it for several more meals to where you’re actually down to not much more than two dollars per serving… and try to do that at a restaurant.”

The outdoor market is located at 241 West Main Street under the 5/3 bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park.  This location is open on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Market Vendors accept cash and debit Market Tokens.

For more information, you can visit http://www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com or call (859) 608-2655 .

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