This Sunday, August 7 starts the 12th annual National Farmers Market Week. All around the country, farmers’ markets will be celebrating with cooking demonstrations, music, educational events, kids’ games and more. According to the USDA, farmers’ markets create “more viable regional economies; increased access to fresh, nutritious food; and stronger social networks that help keep communities strong.” And we agree!
Go to Eat Well Guide to find a market close to you and plan on checking them out between the 7th and13th – not only is it the peak season for beautiful produce, but the markets will be teeming with people soaking up the summer sun, enjoying conversations with farmers and each other. Also, Eat Well Guide just partnered with the Farmers Market Coalition to update their “Farmers Market Glossary” with 37 terms every shopper should know… look for them while you are at the market next week!
A quick twitter search for “national farmers’ market week” shows that many markets are participating and planning special events to celebrate. Here are a few:
- Glenview, IL – they will have a Green Table where environmental experts share advice on a different topic each week.
- Tacoma, WA Broadway Market – enjoy an open mic with a performance by Billy Farmer.
- Alexandria, VA West End Market – will have martial arts and canning demonstrations.
- St. Croix – health screenings will be available at the market.
- Dayton, OH – register to participate in two farm tours.
If you’re on Twitter, tweet your farmers’ market plans with #farmmktwk and “national farmers market week” to get your friends and family involved. To make it easy to share all about farmers’ markets with your Twitter and Facebook followers, the Farmers Market Coalition has a social media cheat sheet and every day, Sunday through Saturday, has a theme. How easy is that?
Shoppers at farmers markets have 4-5x more conversations than their counterparts at the supermarket. http://bit.ly/nz65m8 #farmmktwk
Take some pictures and share your good food finds with us on our Facebook page! Tell us what market you shopped at and what you created with your summer bounty. Enjoy!