Choose the food less travelled
Our mission is to promote local, sustainable and organic agriculture, increasing economic opportunities for farmers, urban youth, small businesses and food artisans. To offer experiential learning about and access to healthy local foods, and build a vibrant gathering place for residents and visitors.
Started in 1992, the Leesburg's Farmers Market's popularity led to the opening of a year-round market in October 2006. On Saturdays, faithful shoppers attend the market because it reconnects them with their food sources. Shopping at a farmers market provides a forum for learning how food is grown, who grew it, and why it tastes so good. Our markets will also hosts from time to time cooking demonstrations in the open-air markets, and these programs are free and open to the public. Sign up for the newsletter so you don't miss out!
LVHMC Farmers markets serve as integral links between urban, suburban, and rural communities, affording farmers and their consumers the opportunity to interact; the popularity of the local farmers markets continue to rise, as more and more 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.
Farmers markets are important, nationwide outlets for agricultural producers to increase marketing opportunities; all across the country farmers markets offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products such as: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, fish, flowers, baked goods, meat and much more.
GOOD FOR HEALTH, 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 amount of miles your food has to travel.
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.
At the Market seek out and learn to cook with a variety of greens, heirloom varieties and local specialties. You'll be encouraging crop diversity on our farms which makes for healthier crops and a healthier environment and you'll discover a world of new and wonderful foods.
Reuse bags to reduce packaging waste, energy and save money.
Prepare meals from scratch using fresh or raw ingredients rather than relying on convenience food, which may include harmful preservatives, dyes, and low-quality ingredients.
Patronize restaurants that buy from local farmers and serve healthy environmentally-friendly food.