- By Tembila C. Covington
- Posted Friday, August 4, 2017
Celebrate National Farmers Market Week Aug. 7-12
If you are looking for the freshest and tastiest fruits and vegetables, plan to visit one of them this week as National Farmers Market week is celebrated across the country. In season locally you will find apples, brussel sprouts, butter beans, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, field peas, figs, garlic, grapes, green beans, green peppers, honeydew, hot peppers, kohlrabi, leafy greens, okra,
peaches, peanuts, pears, plums, raspberries, rutabaga, spring onions, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and watermelon! Click here for a copy of the updated 2017 Farmers Market List for our area. According to the Farmers Markets Coalition, Farmers markets fuel local economies, support healthy communities, and support farmland preservation, conservation, and education.
Here are some facts to consider during National Farmers Market Week
Farmers markets fuel local economies
Farmers markets support healthy communities
- The American Fitness Index includes the number of farmers markets per capita as a factor contributing to community health, using it as an indicator for community members’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Over 90% of participants in Wholesome Wave’s Double Value Coupon Program reported that the amount of locally grown fruits and vegetables that they purchased at farmers markets made a difference in their family’s diet.
- According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, if Americans boosted their average daily consumption of fruits and vegetables by just one additional portion per day, it would save America more than
$2.7 trillion in healthcare costs..
Farmers markets offer shoppers the freshest, most flavorful fruits and vegetables in America Farmers markets support farmland preservation, conservation, and education.
- According to a study conducted by the American Farm Bureau, 72% of consumers know “nothing” or “very little” about farming or ranching. Farmers markets serve as invaluable educational sites and a rare bridge between urban and rural communities. 81% of direct marketing farmers incorporate cover crops, reduced tillage, on-site composting, and other soil health practices into their operations. 75% of direct marketing farmers use practices at or above USDA Organic standards according to the American Farmland Trust.
Farmers Markets of Forsyth County.