"Farmers markets serve as integral links between urban, suburban, and rural communities, affording farmers and their consumers the opportunity to interact. Consumers discover the joys of shopping for unique ingredients sold direct from the farm, and the pleasure of buying familiar products in their freshest possible state. They are important, nationwide outlets for agricultural producers to increase marketing opportunities; across the country farmers markets offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products such as: fruits, vegetables, meat, plants, herbs, flowers, baked goods, and other delicious handmade edibles. Local farmers are good for health and good for community. Buying directly from local and small family farmers and entrepreneurs keeps them in business and produces more jobs in our own community. Eating locally produced foods saves energy by reducing the number of miles your food travels. Eating locally grown, seasonal, sustainable and organic foods is tastier and healthier for you and your family. Locally grown foods are fresher and retain their healthy nutrients longer. Sustainable and organic foods protect your health and the environment. These foods are free of antibiotics, pesticides and other potentially dangerous chemicals."