August 07, 2012
Across the state, Vermonters are showing their love for local food and farmers by celebrating the 13th Annual National Farmers’ Market week, August 5-11.
Governor Peter Shumlin, Ag Secretary Chuck Ross, and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger are just a few of the many Vermonters taking time to show their support.
According to recent figures released by the USDA there are 7,864 farmers markets in the nation. Vermont is home to over 70 markets, including more than 20 winter markets.
Vermont leads the nation in direct-to-consumer farmer sales, thanks to the state’s high ratio of farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. Earlier this year, Vermont was ranked number one in the nation for local food availability in the Strolling of the Heifers Locavore index.
“Farmers’ markets build community, and support our farmers and our growing agricultural economy,” according to Abbey Willard, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) local foods administrator. “Many of our markets accept EBT cards (3SquaresVT), which means Vermonters of all income levels have access to healthy, local foods when shopping at farmers’ markets.”
Vermonters are making an extra effort this week to visit their local markets and show their support.
Governor Peter Shumlin attended the Waterbury Market to shop, visit with farmers, and share his love of local food with neighbors and shoppers.
“Farmers’ markets reflect the best of Vermont -- hard-working people, a healthy lifestyle, and strong communities,” said Gov. Shumlin. “Farmers’ markets are a part of our lifestyle across the state, and this week is a great opportunity to honor the hard work of the market managers and producers.”
“Vermont is a national leader in community-based agriculture,” according to Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, who visited the Burlington market with Mayor Miro Weinberger. “Our leadership in institutional partnerships, Farm to School programs, and the Farm to Plate initiative serve as a national model for best practices in the food system. ”
For a state-wide list of farmers’ markets, visit the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA/VT) website .
Source: Agency of Agriculture
Last Updated at: August 07, 2012 07:51:38