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Farmers' Market Week declared August 2 to 8

Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 2 through August 8, 2015, as “National Farmers’ Market Week.” The declaration was made official by proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers’ Market Week in honor of the important role that farmers’ markets play in local economies. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate thousands of our nation’s farmers’ markets, 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 Secretary Vilsack. “Farmers’ markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support farmers and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms and providing Americans with fresh, healthy food.”

Supporting farmers’ markets is a part of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which coordinates the Department’s policy, resources, and outreach efforts related to local and regional food systems. Secretary Vilsack has identified strengthening local food systems as on the Four Pillars of Agriculture and rural Economic Development.