"I want family farmers to thrive because I don’t own a car and the only fresh food I can buy in my neighborhood is provided by the family farmers of the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. There is no grocery store in Downtown Troy, New York — there are only corner stores selling highly processed, unhealthy food. Some people complain that the food at the farmers market is too expensive. It is not. Every week, I buy my food “staples” at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, including: eggs, milk, lettuce & potatoes which are all less expensive and more nutritious at the farmers market than at the supermarket. Going without a car in upstate New York — even in a city — is very challenging, and local farmers have made it possible to me to get along without depending on a car. The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is in its 20th season, and it has been a vital catalyst in the revitalization of this small American city over the last 20 years. Our city is finally showing deniable signs of comeback. Family farmers helped our city thrive. And I want them to thrive, too. And to continue to reconnect our farm-to-market relationship that was once an integral part of urban life in America."