Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus reminds residents that with the warmer weather and longer days, the farmer’s market season is upon us.
The bounty of our region’s rich agricultural resources can be found at these open-air markets. Several markets are already open with many more opening in the coming weeks and most operating weekly through October or November.
Countywide there are more than a dozen markets to explore when the season is in full swing. Each has their own unique offerings and a variety of vendors who take pride in their homegrown products. In addition to farm fresh fruits and vegetables, there is a wide array of artisan dairy products, gourmet prepared foods, adult craft beverages, honey, locally raised meats, cut flowers, live plants and more available for purchase. Many markets also feature live music to set the mood for a fun, family-friendly shopping experience.
Approximately 16 percent of the county’s land is farmland and over 10,000 acres are used in vegetable production, which is the third largest in the state.
For a full listing of Orange County farms and farmer’s markets, visit orangetourism.org/agritourism or call 845-615-3860.