- Great Taste - 20100804 - National Farmer's Market Week

Farmers Market haulJoin us to celebrate National Farmers Market Week with several of our local growers and market administrators. 

Kathy will cook up a FM summer risotto during the show.

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UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary
Washington, D.C. 20250
NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK
August 2–8, 2009

By the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America
A PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS farmers markets are important nationwide outlets for agricultural producers, providing them
with increased marketing opportunities; and
WHEREAS more than 4,800 farmers markets across the country offer consumers affordable, convenient, and
healthful products sold directly from the farm in their freshest possible state; and
WHEREAS farmers markets can help promote child health and reduce childhood obesity by increasing
children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables; and
WHEREAS farmers markets play a key role in developing regional foodsheds, thus benefiting consumers
and the environment; and
WHEREAS farmers markets support the sustainability of small family farms and the revitalization of
communities as well as offering farmers and consumers the opportunity to interact; and
WHEREAS farmers markets increasingly offer electronic benefits transfer technology for food stamp
recipients and support local anti-hunger initiatives through donations of unsold food to feeding programs
for those in need; and
WHEREAS the United States Department of Agriculture strongly supports and promotes the development,
operation, and expansion of farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing activities for
agricultural producers;
NOW, THEREFORE, to further awareness of farmers markets and of the contributions farmers make to
daily life in America, I, Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, do
hereby proclaim the week of August 2–8, 2009, as National Farmers Market Week. I encourage the people of
the United States to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the bountiful production of our Nation’s
farmers with appropriate observances and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 30th day of July 2009, the two-hundred
thirty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America.
THOMAS J. VILSACK
Secretary