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Mount Vernon Reaps Bounty Of Its Farmers' Market

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Popcorn, jerk chicken, lemonade and fresh produce are only some of the foods offered at the Mount Vernon Farmers' Market, which made its return to Roosevelt Square Thursday.

The farmers' market operates through Fresh Connect, a program that allows farmers and other business owners to come into municipalities to sell their products. Market manager Rene Davis said the concept behind the farmers' market is to encourage people to eat healthy.

“We like to expose the community to different foods and cultures,” Davis said. “We’re trying to promote healthy habits, and this is a good way to do it. A lot of people eat canned and frozen food, which is not good for them.”

Councilman J. Yuhanna Edwards said the farmers' market promotes local businesses and farmers, in addition to offering healthy food. Edwards said it benefits the community by getting people outside and introducing them to things they may not have experienced before.

“There has been great support of the merchants,” Edwards said. “I’m glad to see that the sun came out and allowed them to operate normally today.”

Now in its second year, the farmers' market is growing. On Thursday, vendors selling everything from food to soap set up tents next to people giving out information about city and county programs. Davis said that the farmers' market has led to a more cohesive unity of the city’s residents.

“Hopefully it will help us bring more positive energy to the city,” Davis said.

The farmers' market runs every Thursday until Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Roosevelt Square in front of City Hall. For more information click here .

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