National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity to show the nation how much value markets bring to their communities. Farmers Markets are not only a place where food is grown, it is also a place where people in the community come together and create relationships with one another. Farmers’ markets are an excellent way for people who want to participate in sustainable living to get their produce from wholesome sources that care about what they put into their crops.
The first full week of August brings around National Farmers Market Week. The week is ideally timed to coincide with the seasons when local produce starts to come into full maturity. Along with it comes the bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables ripe for your family’s table. Farmers’ markets are the best place to find fresh produce grown by farmers in your community who care about what they produce.
Farmers’ markets also provide a place for community members to come together, creating relationships with each other as they share their favorite foods and stories from their day. Farmers’ markets make it easy for our families to find healthy choices for dinner even when we are having trouble getting out of the house.
This National Farmers Market Week, we want to emphasize the value of buying local, as small businesses continue to face extreme challenges. Shopping at farmers’ markets means you’re investing your dollars in your communities! Farmers’ markets are some of the most community-based enterprises to exist. More than 85% of farmers market vendors traveled fewer than 50 miles to sell at a farmers market. In fact, more than half of farmers went less than 10 miles to their market, according to the USDA.
Let’s celebrate Farmers Markets!
National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity to share the value of markets. Earlier this year, we celebrated pollinators, specifically bees. After a summer full of activity, honey processing is also ready for harvest. This Sunday at 10 and 12 noon you can learn from Rusch Farms how they extract honey from combs.
Vendors at the Market this Week
Here’s a list of the businesses at the market: