Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared Aug. 3-9, 2014, National Farmers Market Week.
Throughout the week, the USDA will celebrate the nationâ€™s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
“Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, and help grow rural economies,” Vilsack says. “They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food.”
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 farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy.
The USDA began declaring National Farmers Market Week in 2000.
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Source: USDA news release