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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Farmers Markets Bridge Rural and Urban Communities to Help Both Grow

 

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee’s farmers markets create an economic and social bridge between the state’s rural communities and its major population centers. There are many ways for you to celebrate this vital role during National Farmers Market Week August 5th-11th, 2018.

With 168 farmers markets listed on the Pick Tennessee website and mobile app, it is easy to find fresh foods and goods near you.

Clarksville Downtown Market

Clarksville Downtown Market

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Local Farmers Markets Share Expert Advice For Peak Season

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Unless you grow your own vegetables, the local farmers market is the best bet for just picked, fresh-as-possible produce. August is Tennessee’s peak month for produce, so there’s no better time to visit a local farmers market than right now. August 7th-13th is National Farmers Market Week.

Starting August 7th, fresh tips for picking and storing summer produce will be as close as your favorite social media platform. Check out #FarmersMarketWeek for expert advice, or use the hashtag #FarmersMarketWeek to post your own tips for success. The handy tips are also available at the Pick TN Products Facebook page here.

Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station.

Clarksville Farmers Market at L & N Train Station.

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Reclaiming Spaces: One Farmers Market at a Time

 

By Lindsay Buchannan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, DC – Consumer demand for local food is driving the expansion of farmers markets into places of all shapes, sizes, and locations. Ferry terminals, train depots, grain mills and shipping containers all can, and are, housing farmers markets across the country.

There are 8,268 markets listed in the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, a 76 percent increase since 2008. Managed by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the directory listings reflect continued growth and demand in every region of the country. Today farmers markets are as diverse as the communities they serve and can be found in unique rural and urban spaces across the country.

The Ferry Building dominated the busy port as a main boat terminus. As cars and highways became more popular, the terminal went into disrepair. Now, farmers and vendors have revived the space, making the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market one of California’s most famous farmers markets. (Photo courtesy of Jim Forest.)

The Ferry Building dominated the busy port as a main boat terminus. As cars and highways became more popular, the terminal went into disrepair. Now, farmers and vendors have revived the space, making the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market one of California’s most famous farmers markets. (Photo courtesy of Jim Forest.)

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USDA Offers Thousands of Reasons to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

 

Written by Anne L. Alonzo
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, DC – The 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week is off to a great start!

Farmers markets connect and unite people living in urban and rural environments, provide access to fresh, healthy and delicious foods, and—best of all—put a face to the farmers and ranchers who produce their wonderful wares. We, in turn, can support farmers and local communities with our purchases.

Clarksville Downtown Market

A happy shopper at the Clarksville Downtown Market

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