DPN Farmers Market

The Deerfield Parents Network and Deerfield Academy Office of Sustainability are co-sponsoring a Farmers Market on Saturday, October 19, 12-4 pm, on the lawn between the Hockey Rink and Albany Road (between Field & Macalister dormitories). The farmers market features products from local farms and businesses that Deerfield Academy regularly purchases from, including fruit, vegetables, coffee, ice cream, and soda. Vendors include:

Most vendors are cash only! There is an ATM located in the faculty/staff mailroom in the basement of the Main School Building.

Why Support Local Food?

  • Deerfield Academy’s Sustainability Mission Statement commits us to preserve the health of our community through local purchasing, contracting, and partnerships.
  • The average bite of food in the US has traveled over 1400 miles to your plate. Eating local food reduces the fuel used and air pollution created in that transportation.
  • Long-distance supply chains can be disrupted by economic and political upheaval, rising fuel costs, climate change, and natural disasters. Eating local is an investment in food security, supporting resiliency in our food system by helping local farmers be there when we need them.
  • Eating local preserves land in agricultural production, preserving views, habitat, and ecosystem functions that could be lost if the farmland is converted to housing developments and shopping malls.
  • Eating local keeps our food dollars in the local community, where it can support other local businesses we depend on. Eating local builds community – Know your farmer.
  • Local food tastes wonderful;it is usually picked at the peak of ripeness and consumed within 24 hours, which is not possible with tomatoes from California or apples from Chile. Local farmers can choose varieties that taste good instead of varieties that ship/store well. Local food can also have unique flavors caused by local soil and climate that you won’t find in generic supermarket items. Fresh food tastes best and has the highest nutritional value – some phytonutrients break down quickly after picking.
  • Local food can be better for you. Even in cold storage, some phytonutrients break down over time, meaning that fresh, local food is healthier for you too.
  • Local farmers can tell you how your food was grown. Their choices about pesticides, fertilizers, animal treatment, and erosion control impact the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the soil you walk on. Use your food dollars to support agricultural practices that preserve and protect your natural resources.