U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, National Farmers Market Week.
Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack.
This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture began declaring National Farmers Market Week in 2000.
"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 family farms, and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food."
Thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the farm.
They also offer additional market opportunities for local producers, especially smaller or newer operations. Farmers markets increasingly offer electronic benefits transfer technology that can be used by recipients of USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - as well as low-income women, infants, and children and seniors participating in the WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs - to get fresh, seasonal ingredients.
From Toni Cirrincione of Kingsford:
As a participant in the Lake Antoine Classic, I am questioning why park admission fees for that day could not go to the Special Olympic cause. Many people are coming in paying admission strictly for this race and are happy to do so.
However I feel it would be appropriate if all parking passes sold on the day of the event should go to Special Olympics.
From William Dixon of Quinnesec:
My wife and I went to see "America" on Wednesday afternoon. It was replete with history and facts-not liberal distortions. We highly recommend that everyone avail themselves to this magnificent documentary.
In fact, we would suggest that it be required viewing in schools from middle school through high school as the special presentation about the Holocaust. Our schools are to be congratulated and honored for their presentations of factual history, such as the Holocaust, and they would be doing our community and our young people-future social leaders-a great and distinguished service.