National Farmers Market Week

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National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12, 2017. In celebration, the West Virginia Farmers Market Association is inviting everyone in the state to visit their local West Virginia farmers markets and support their local economies and farmers.

“Local food is becoming more and more intertwined in our daily lives. From helping local economies combat the disastrous effects of food deserts to providing healthier, fresher options to consumers, our farmers’ markets are a vital part of our communities,” stressed Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “This week, make sure you visit your local farmers’ market to support a West Virginia farmer.”

At the end of National Farmers’ Market Week, the WVDA, in conjunction with the West Virginia Farmers Market Association and the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, will be hosting a farmers market stakeholder meeting Friday, August 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the State Fair of West Virginia. Topics of conversation will include how to expand markets into underserved areas and current challenges facing markets. All market managers are welcome to participate in the discussion. Contact carly@wvfarmers.org for details.

“Farmers markets have never been stronger in West Virginia. Every year we see growth in existing markets and continued interest in starting new markets throughout the Mountain State,” said Executive Director for the West Virginia Farmers Market Association Parween Mascari. “We are excited to have an open dialogue with Commissioner Leonhardt as we continue to work together to grow the local food movement in our state.”
The West Virginia Farmers Market Association and the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition will host a cookout, featuring local foods, prior to the stakeholder meeting on August 11th starting at noon.

-Excerpt from WVDA press release

 

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