Virginia Farmers Market Week 2015


WHEREAS, the popularity of Virginia’s farmers’ markets has grown dramatically in recent years, from 88 markets in 2006 to nearly 250 in 2015; and

WHEREAS, farmers’ markets play a vital role in giving farms direct access to consumers and consumers direct access to farmers; and

WHEREAS, farmers’ markets provide the public with a convenient, fresh, competitively-priced source for high quality fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, herbs, flowers, organic items, cheeses, baked goods, meats, homemade preserves and more; and

WHEREAS, farmers’ markets reinforce and maintain community identity and help to foster new businesses and encourage and support the growth of new entrepreneurs; and

WHEREAS, the economic impacts of Farmers’ Markets include direct benefits to farmers and business owners, but also indirect benefits to the community in stimulating downtown revitalization, enhancing parks and waterfronts and preserving farmland through economic viability; and

WHEREAS, farmers’ markets are good for the economy, good for consumers’ health and good for the community;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 2-8, 2015, as VIRGINIA FARMERS’ MARKET WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.