2017 Virginia Farmers' Market Week


WHEREAS, the number of Virginia’s farmers’ markets has grown dramatically in recent years, from 88 markets in 2006 to 250 in 2017; and

WHEREAS, farmers’ markets provide an entry point for new farmers to sell their products, test the viability of direct sales and grow their customer base; and

WHEREAS, farmers’ markets provide communities with a healthy food environment where farmers and neighbors come together to educate each other about nutrition, cooking, and farming, and where the abundance of fresh produce helps increase fruit and vegetable consumption; and

WHEREAS, most of the products sold at farmers market are fresh fruits and vegetables that are highly nutritious, and lead to purchasing decisions that can result in better health; and

WHEREAS, many vendors at a farmers’ market discuss their farming practices with their customers, educating them about farming and its importance to our health and its good stewardship of land, water and animal resources; and

WHEREAS, the economic impact of farmers’ markets includes not only direct benefits to farmers and business owners, but also benefits to the community by stimulating downtown revitalization, enhancing parks and waterfronts, and preserving farmland through economic viability; and

WHEREAS, farmers’ markets are good for the economy, consumers’ health, and communities across the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 6-12, 2017, as VIRGINIA FARMERS’ MARKET WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.