06 August 2009

naitonal farmers market week

Have you visited your local farmers market lately? If not, now is the time: it's National Farmers Market Week! Designed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of the United States Department of Agriculture, Farmers Market Week celebrates the value of local, sustainable produce and the community benefits enjoyed by towns that directly support their local farmers and economies.

This year, the USDA has paired up with the Farmers Market Coalition to launch the first ever "Markets are Up!" campaign, intended "to help market managers effectively communicate the importance of markets in their communities". The FMC has put together a load of awesome resource materials to help spread the word about the invaluability of farmers markets and local produce.

Whether you're in the Midwest and picking while the produce is good or you're in LA where nature's bounty makes its presence known 365 days a year, farmers markets are a great way to give back to the people who make the goodies that sustainable life. There are now an estimated 4,900 farmers’ markets throughout the United States providing, educating, and sustaining communities - why not find yours and see what all the fuss is about?

image via farmers market coalition

1 comment:

According to Lia said...

Love the blog. Your roommate Kaitlyn (who is a friend from childhood) suggested that I check it out and I'm glad I did. I adore our local farmers market here in Ann Arbor and I recently did a post about feasting on my market finds:
http://accordingtolia.blogspot.com/2009/08/roasted-veggies-with-garlic-cous-cous.html

Keep up the good work :)

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