Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy National Farmers Market Week!

Farmers Markets: Preserve Farmland, Stimulate Local Economies, Increase Access to Nutritious Food, Support Healthy Communities, and Promote Sustainability

There is no better place to find locally grown, sustainable food than a farmers market. A century old tradition full of freshness, markets are usually packed with dozens of venders selling a wide variety of products. Even if you are not looking to purchase an ingredient for your evening meal, it is an experience you do not want to miss.

This week is quite unique for farmers as thousands are headed to town with a range of produce and products to celebrate this year's National Farmers Market Week. This event began August 6th and goes through August 12th, with a goal to encourage families to support local farmers and growers who use farmers markets as sales outlets. Don't forget to participate on social media at #FarmersMarketWeek and help stimulate local business development.

One of the most unique things about farmers markets is that they can be found all over the world with just the click of a button. So, no matter where your travels take you this summer, you're sure to never go hungry. This article highlights the top ten must visit farmers markets in the United States, while this article highlights the best fresh markets found overseas. The United States Department of Agriculture even made this handy directory designed to provide customers with convenient access to information about farmers market listings to include: market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and much more.

These seasonal events can draw quite a crowd--creating many benefits for the consumer, the community, and the farmers who grow the food. Visit this blog to gather insight on how farmers markets are much more than just farm-fresh foods.  Happy National Farmers Market Week!

By: Kylie Peterson

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