Aug. 5, 2015
This year marks the 16th Annual National Farmers Market Week, an occasion to honor the important role that farmers markets play in local economies. Throughout the first week of August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will celebrate the more than 8,400 farmers markets across the nation, the farmers and ranchers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
“National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
“Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support farmers and help grow rural economies,” Vilsack added. “They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms and providing Americans with fresh, healthy food.”
Farmers markets provide consumers with fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products from local producers. For a list of farmers markets in your area visit the USDA.gov or freshfromflorida.com websites.