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Wayne Farmer’s Market Making Progress

The Wayne YMCA launched a brand new Farmers Market on June 1st of this year and this has inspired change in policy, system, and the environment in Wayne Township.

For example, in order to encourage farmers to participate, we worked with the health department to address licensing costs that initially produced barriers to entry. Going forward we will work with the Mayor to address policies related to food licensing to support the growth of the Market in the future.  Township employees are customers at the market, opening a door to discuss worksite wellness initiatives.  And Valley Road, once strewn with local farms, is now the site of a farmers market influencing how people shop for and learn about fresh, local food.

Reflecting on the first year of the farmers market, there are a number of factors that contributed to its success:

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Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges-Wayne

The Wayne YMCA is a charitable nonprofit organization that serves as the center of community and culture in Wayne Township. We are a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community FOR ALL is our cause.