Vermont Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

It’s peak season, enjoy the wide variety of products and live music at your local farmers market!

MONTPELIER – Vermont joins states across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 5-11. Featuring blueberry festivals and other events with live music and kid friendly “Power of Produce” activities, there’s something special for everyone at your local farmers market this harvest season!

Vermont currently has around 70 farmers markets with vendors selling fresh picked fruits and vegetables, a variety of meats and cheeses, sweet and savory baked goods and other value-added products, unique crafts, beautiful plants, cut flower bouquets and more! To find a farmers market near you, visit http://agriculture.vermont.gov/farmersmarkets.

“Farmers markets play a vital role not just in generating real income for farmers, but in forming a healthy, prosperous food system,” says Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition.

“By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture and sharing recipes and new foods with their neighbors. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier, “ says Cheek,

For more information contact: Alissa Matthews, Agriculture Development Division (802) 505-1661, alissa.matthews@vermont.gov