|National Farmers Market Week is Here!
Our favorite time of year has finally arrived – National Farmers Market Week!
This annual event, sponsored by the USDA, highlights the important role farmers markets play in our nation’s food system. And we invite you to join the celebration!
According to the USDA, farmers and ranchers that sell directly to consumers at farmers markets have lower rates of bankruptcy and farm foreclosure than producers that rely solely on the wholesale contracts. Farmers markets literally serve as a lifeline for many producers—whether they’re beginning farmers looking for a place to start out, or established farms mitigating risk by diversifying their revenue streams.
So when you commit to buying directly from your local farmer, not only are you putting the freshest, most flavorful food on your dinner table, you’re making a very real impact on that farmer’s livelihood.
At farmers markets, we meet our community, access affordable, healthy produce, and support family farmers who overwhelmingly use farming practices that protect our environment. These are all benefits that impact each of us, and are all reasons to support farmers markets not just this week, but all year long.
And for you farmers market managers, staff and volunteers: FMC also has all the resources you need to get the word out about NFMW and your farmers market. Our Media Kit, Talking Points, Social Media Cheat Sheet, Advocacy Toolkit, and new Farmers Market Trivia Challenge are just a few of the tools you can put to use now, next week, and throughout the year. Get the resources here!
Remember, everyday we eat, we owe our thanks to a farmer. Whether you spend a little or a lot, pay a visit to a farmers market this week, and show them just how much they’re truly appreciated.
See you at market,
Jen Cheek, Executive Director
P.S. FMC owes its success to your continued support. Help us continue fighting for farmers markets by donating or becoming a member today!