In 1994 The Orleans Farmers' Market started with a handful of vendors in the parking lot of the Orleans Bowling Alley.
We have worked hard for the last 25 years to educate the community on the benefits of locally grown produce.
Having a local farmers market helps provide the following:
You get first hand info about how to grow your own food and the added nutrition fresh produce provides, many vendors supply recipes
Making stronger connections between community gardeners and the local farmers
Making connections between the producers and consumers
This is where weekly food conversations happen
Gardening improves your connection to the environment
Buying locally reduces "food miles"
Good nutrition helps achieve overall health
Outdoor education at its best
Learning about the local farms and farmers on Cape Cod
Waste reduction thru composting
Seed Saving info
Mulching to reduce water use and improve soil health
Connecting the public with the Extension Service and Buy Fresh
Hosting Master Gardeners at the market
Supporting C&I Farm Bureau and Meet the Farmer events
Helping to support local food pantries
EBT - SNAP, WIC, SENIOR, HIP and VETERANS
Nauset Food and Research Garden - educating our local students
by growing and donating student grown produce and
saving seeds for replanting and for sale to the community