Let’s celebrate Farmers Markets! National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity to show the nation how much value markets bring to their communities. With fun events, specials, contests, and activities, the week helps to boost market attendance and visibility – while at the same time being loads of fun! However, we know that it can be a lot of work to plan a festive week like this, so FMC offers plenty of resources, tools, and fun activities of our own for market managers, vendors, and attendees alike to use for planning and participating in National Farmers Week!
The week of August 2 — 8, 2020, has been designated “National Farmers Market Week” by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Farmers, ranchers, and watermen provide Americans with access to healthy foods produced locally and regionally through farmers markets, which are expanding and evolving to accommodate the demand for a diverse array of agricultural products.
Farmers markets and other agricultural direct marketing outlets provide infrastructure to assist in the distribution of farm and value-added products, thereby contributing approximately $9 billion each year to the U.S. economy.
Farmers markets serve as significant outlets for small-to-medium, new and beginning, and experienced agricultural producers to market agricultural products, in turn generating revenue that supports the sustainability of family farms and the revitalization of rural communities nationwide.
Calvert County’s citizens recognize the importance of expanding agricultural marketing opportunities to help generate income for farmers, ranchers, and watermen to help stimulate business development and job creation.
N0w, therefore, be it proclaimed by the Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) that the week of August 2 — 8, 2020, be known as National Farmers Market Week in Calvert County. It is further proclaimed that the Calvert Board of County Commissioners encourages all citizen to recognize agriculture’s significant role and contribution to the local economy, environment, and quality of life.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon