EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 17, 2014

Letter: Farmers market needs community support


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

As a health coach and co-president of the Salem, N.H., Farmers Market, I have a passion to make good wholesome food available to the people of our communities.

The food available at the grocery store is different from the foods you can buy at the Farmers Market. There are many benefits to local foods. Foods at the market are picked hours before the market, retaining much of their nutritional value and flavor. Local farms use fewer pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and foods are free of irradiation. The market supports our local farmers and artisans, and the local economy.

As written, the proposed Salem zoning amendment No. 4 would exclude the Farmers Market. The signs are imperative to help patrons find the market which is hosted by Lake Street Garden Center. We are only asking for six signs, strategically placed around the community for seven hours during each market for the soul purpose of helping people find us. The signs are professionally printed and fall within the size limits.

Please support the Salem Farmers Market. Come to the planning board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21 or talk to one of Salem’s elected officials…

Thank you.

Kay Barretto

Salem