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National Farmers Market Week: August 7 – 13, 2016

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 7-13, 2016, as “National Farmers Market Week.” This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.

“Farmers markets are an important part of strong local and regional food systems that connect farmers with new customers and grow rural economies. In many areas, they are also expanding access to fresh, healthy food for people of all income levels,” said Secretary Vilsack. “National Farmers Market Week recognizes the growth of these markets and their role in supporting both urban and rural communities.”

See the full press release here.

To help you promote this special occasion, the WSFMA is excited to introduce some new recipes and resources developed for our members. This year the recipes feature produce items that are at the peak of their season, affordable, and – most importantly – delicious!

You can find all of the recipes in the Resource Center:

Planning a cooking demonstration using one of these recipes is even easier with the WSFMA’s new Cooking Demonstration Guide, also in the Resource Center.

These materials were developed with support from a Washington State Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant.