Farmers' Market Week 2016


WHEREAS, the number of Virginia’s farmers’ markets has grown dramatically in recent years, from 88 markets in 2006 to 259 in 2016; and

WHEREAS, the explosion of farmers’ markets – which serve as the foundation for creating a local food system – over the past 10 years indicates a deep interest in reconnecting with our food production; 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 outcomes; and

WHEREAS, farmers’ markets are bottom-up economic generators for local communities, revitalizing downtowns, forging the link between town and farms, addressing food access, and reinforcing local job and business networks; 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 7-13, 2016, as VIRGINIA FARMERS’ MARKET WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.