Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently 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,” Vilsack said. He also noted that the week recognizes the growth of these markets and their role in supporting both urban and rural communities. Throughout the week, USDA officials will celebrate at farmers’ market locations across the country.
USDA news release