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Gov. Inslee proclaims Aug. 4-10 Washington Farmers Market Week
To recognize strong consumer and farmer support for Washington state farmers markets, Gov. Jay Inslee, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association are celebrating Farmers Market Week in Washington from Aug. 4-10.
“Washington’s vibrant farmers markets are great social and economic resources to so many communities across the state, providing access to quality foods and showcasing what makes local agriculture special,” Gov. Inslee said. “I encourage all Washingtonians to take part in Farmers Market Week and enjoy our fine Washington grown products.”
Statewide, farmers markets belonging to the WSFMA reported $40.3 million in sales in 2012, up from $39.6 million in 2011. Dozens of other farmers markets that are not members of the WSFMA also achieve substantial sales, with dollars going directly to family farmers, food and artisan small businesses.
“Agriculture is a primary cornerstone of our economy and farmers markets support local and regional food systems that sustain many family farms, strengthen communities and bring consumers and farmers together,” WSDA Director Bud Hover said.