This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers’ Market Week, which celebrates and promotes the role that farmers’ markets play in local economies.
Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate thousands of 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 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.”
Throughout the week, USDA officials will attend farmers’ markets across the country.
On 1 August Anne Alonzo, the administrator of the USDA’s agricultural marketing service (AMS) – which conducts research, provides technical assistance, and awards grants to support farmers markets – will kick off the week at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market in New Mexico. The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is the oldest in New Mexico and is ranked as one of the top 10 farmers’ markets nationwide.