Every day this summer, communities just like Kennett Square are converging to celebrate a simple miracle: farmers coming together to share a harvest that’s feeding local families.  The result?  More viable regional economies; increased access to fresh, nutritious food; and stronger social networks that help keep communities healthy.  As if you needed another reason to visit your local farmers markets, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently proclaimed August 7-13, 2011 as National Farmers Market Week.  Since 2000, when the (USDA) first proclaimed National Farmers Market Week, the number of farmers markets has grown 150%, from 2,863 in 2000 to 7,175 in 2011.  As these numbers increase, farmers markets are bolstering local economies, improving community health, and bringing diverse groups of people together through a shared social space.

Across the country, farmers markets will be celebrating National Farmers Market Week and Kennett Square is proud to honor our Farmers Market, as well.  Farmers Markets are essential to your local food system. Many times it’s the easiest way for consumers to find fresh, local food at affordable prices. Farmers Markets also provide a sense of community, and often hold fun family-oriented events, crafts, and music at the market! And because you are buying directly from the farmer, your food dollars stay within the local economy. National Farmers Market Week provides a wonderful opportunity for consumers to get out to their local Farmers Market and tell farmers and market managers (yeah Abby Morgan!!) “Thank You”!

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