The project will build capacity, address market challenges, provide an ongoing support network to farmers market managers, increase customer volume and sales, and ultimately contribute to economic development in the region.
If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there — in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods — are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.
It may be a challenge with no losers, but Pittsfield wants to win it.
The city kicked off its mayor's fitness challenge, a friendly competition with the city of North Adams. Residents in each city are asked to track health and fitness goals, earning points for such things as attending a farmer's market, eating healthy foods, and exercise. The city whose residents gain the most points wins the challenge.
Even with efforts to continue the Adams Farmers Market privately this summer, the new organizers could not garner enough support from vendors.
The group posted on its Facebook page this week that because it could not get any farmers or vendors to commit to the market, the market will be canceled this summer.