NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK – August 1-7, 2010

THE OFFICIAL PROCLAMATION

By the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America

Whereas thousands of American farmers markets offer affordable and healthful products sold directly from the farm in their freshest possible state, increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children and families, which can help promote child health and reduce childhood obesity; and

Whereas farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems, support family farms, revitalize local communities, provide important outlets for producers and the opportunity for farmers and consumers to interact; and

Whereas the United States Department of Agriculture strongly supports farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing activities for agricultural producers; and

Whereas farmers markets offer fresh healthy food via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program and address hunger through donations of unsold food;

Now, Therefore, to further awareness of farmers markets and of the contributions farmers make to daily life in America, I, Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, do hereby proclaim the week of August 1-7, 2010 as National Farmers Market Week. I encourage the people of the United States to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets with appropriate observances and activities.

In whitness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 16th day of July 2010, the two-hundred thirty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary

EXPERIENCE WHAT ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT “FRESH AND LOCAL” IS ALL ABOUT.  LINKS FOR  LISTINGS OF LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKETS, WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, CAN BE FOUND here or here.

I’LL BE THERE, HOPE YOU WILL TOO. BE SURE TO POST A COMMENT ON WHAT YOU FOUND AT YOUR MARKET. I’D LOVE TO SEE WHAT EVERYONE IS BRINGING HOME.


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3 thoughts on “NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK – August 1-7, 2010

  1. Wednesday evening I drove over to the Davis Farmers Market and picked up some sweet corn, baby cucumbers, heirloom tomato, and some first of the season, french prunes. It was a beautiful evening weather wise and the music was good too.

    This Saturday I’ll be stopping by the Placerville Market on my way up to Nevada. Spice Grills here I come. Will also be looking for some sweet corn. Have a great weekend!

  2. Here in Pacific Beach, Anne and I gathered up seven ears of sweet corn to take to a birthday dinner tonight. We also got some really nice tomatoes. Anne said the market was smaller than usual probably due to the unseasonably cool weather that they have been having here in the San Diego area.

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