Farmers Market Week
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. Perdue's proclamation marks the 18th year the U.S. Department of Agriculture has supported local farmers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers markets. Farmers markets and other direct farm marketing outlets contribute approximately $9 billion each year to the U.S. economy. Throughout the week, thousands of U.S. farmers markets will highlight the range of produce, fruit, meat, dairy and specialty products available from their local and regional farmers.