Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week” to celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
“Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food,” says Secretary Vilsack.
RMFU member John Ellis can be found at farmers markers in several communities along the Front Range.
Thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the farm. They also offer additional market opportunities for local producers, especially smaller or neweroperations.
Free Colorado Farm Fresh guide available
The 2014 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory features more than 200 farms, ranches, roadside stands, u-picks and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs as well as 100 farmers markets across the state. Farm Fresh also includes farms that offer tours, restaurants using local ingredients, wineries, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and farm and ranch vacations. In addition, the free directory includes county fairs, a crop calendar, food and agricultural festivals and tips for picking Colorado produce. The directory is available for free at participating libraries, chambers of commerce, welcome centers, visitor centers, CSU Extension offices and other businesses as well as online at www.coloradoagriculture.com/farmfresh. Colorado Farm Fresh will soon be available as a mobile app for smartphones.
For more information or to find a location to pick up a free copy of the 2014 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture Markets Division at 303-869-9175 or visit www.coloradoagriculture.com.