August 7 – 13, 2011
The Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America has proclaimed this week National Farmers Market Week.
If you’re interested in the proclamation’s formal wording. you can read it in it’s entirety on the official USDA website, 2011 National Farmers Market Week Proclamation). There is also a great link to the National Farmers Market Search Engine and lots other links with data on Farmers Markets. But, information and data won’t inspire you like walking through and shopping at a local Farmers Market will. Celebrate fresh and local fruits and veggies this week, visit a Farmers Market near you. You just may find out why visiting and shopping Farmers Markets is one of my favorite things to do whether I’m here at home or traveling.
If you’re looking for motivation beyond the need to shop for produce, here are a couple of past articles highlighting some of the markets I have visited while traveling. These articles will give you an idea of the diversity of Farmers Markets and why they are so much fun.
Astoria Sunday Market
Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market
Placerville Farmers Market
Kauai Sunshine Markets
Ocean Beach Farmers Market
Capay Valley Regional Farmers Market
Widnsor Farmers Market
If you don’t have time or desire to go to a Farmers Market why not have your fresh produce delivered to your door. You can find out more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) here.
Support local farmers and ranchers, buy direct!
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.