Milan Farmers’ Market gives back to community

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MILAN, Tenn. — It’s a unique twist to an old hometown tradition. The farmers’ market in Milan started a program to give back to the community as they settle into their new pavilion. A box of fresh food bought at the Milan Farmers’ Market will help nourish more than just your family. Thanks to a new program called the Community Supported Agriculture box, it will help feed those in need. “The great thing about the box is for every two that we sell, one gets donated to the Mustard Seed, which is the local nonprofit organization,” said the market’s manager Kerry Claros. Everything in the box is donated, and items change each week. Then all the proceeds go back to the community. “So what we would like is to be able to use the money to send foster kids who go to new homes or don’t have permanent homes the opportunity to go to camp,” Claros said. Fourteen Milan Farmers’ Market vendors donate based on what they have or what’s in season. “This week, we’ve donated 13 pounds of ground beef for the boxes,” said Todd Costello from The Spotted Pig. “That will vary. It could be pork. It could be ground sausage or beef depending on what we have readily available.” Together, vendors coordinate their products to help customers create a healthy, balanced meal at home. “Like an Italian sausage mix we’ll do for the pork or beef, we’ll do a like a steak or burger type mix that we put together for it,” said Tony Suey of Lighthouse Spice Shop. The vendors say they’re happy they are able to give back to their community. “It’s just a small donation for something that’s worth while for Milan.” Each box costs $30, and they are available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays at the market. If you would like to sign up for a Milan Farmers’ Market CSA box, contact Kerry Claros at kerry@farmersmarketmilan.com or 731-686-0014.

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