Extension News

Celebrate and Enjoy National Farmers’ Market Week

8/4/2009

AMES, Iowa -- As part of celebrating National Farmers’ Market Week Aug. 2-8, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is urging consumers to benefit from the nation’s rapidly growing network of some 4,900 farmers’ markets now operating in every state.

“One of the Obama administration’s top priorities is to make sure that all Americans, especially children, have access to fresh, nutritious food and USDA’s ongoing support of farmers’ markets is important to reaching that goal,” Secretary Vilsack says. “At the same time, farmers’ markets help support small family farms, help revitalize rural communities, and often promote sustainable agricultural practices.”

Iowa State University Extension is actively involved in the farmers’ market movement. Whether you’re a family shopper looking for fresh produce or run a restaurant or grocery store, you can find nearby farmers’ markets at the “MarketMaker National Portal” link at the bottom left-hand column of the www.agmrc.org site. The site is equally useful for farmers searching for new ways to market their products.

Iowa State’s Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) also provides links to useful information such as how to launch or operate a farmers’ market.

For more ideas about new revenue opportunities for rural America, visit the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC), a virtual value-added agriculture center operated by Iowa State University and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), at: http://www.agmrc.org/.

Contacts :
Christa Hartsook, communications specialist, Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, 515-294-4430, hartc@iastate.edu