Friday, August 2, 2013

Farmers Market Week... What Is That About?

Did you know an estimated 150 farmers markets operate across the Evergreen State? The popularity of farmers markets continues to increase as consumers get passionate over nutritious foods, including fresh, locally grown produce, meats, cheeses and specialty food products.

To recognize strong consumer and farmer support for the markets, Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA) are celebrating Farmers Market Week in Washington from Aug. 4-10.

“Washington’s vibrant farmers markets are great social and economic resources to so many communities across the state, providing access to quality foods and showcasing what makes local agriculture special,” Gov. Inslee said. “I encourage all Washingtonians to take part in Farmers Market Week and enjoy our fine Washington grown products.”

 “Agriculture is a primary cornerstone of our economy and farmers markets support local and regional food systems that sustain many family farms, strengthen communities and bring consumers and farmers together,” WSDA Director Bud Hover said.

“If you haven’t been to a farmers market lately, come see what they are all about,” Karen Kinney, executive director of the WSFMA, said. “We continue to get national recognition for the quality of our state’s farmers markets. Right now the farm tables are overflowing with fresh food. It doesn’t get better than this.”

The Arlington farmers market has been recognized by American Farmland Trust as the 2012 "best small market" on the national stage as well as this year being included in the 2013 list of Top 100 celebrated markets in America. Please join us to celebrate national farmers market week! 

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