Every time I explore a farmers market I become a kid again. It brings back memories of snacking on sun-ripened figs from my backyard with dad or squeezing for perfectly ripe tomatoes at the neighborhood farm stand with mom. The existence, uniqueness and vibrancy of farmers markets can be a positive experience full of exploration and deliciousness for any age. It sure is for me.
USDA is committed to helping all of America’s children, families and communities not only have access to healthy affordable food, but form positive associations with these healthy foods. Visiting a farmers market offers a unique learning environment where you can be introduced to fresh, local produce; a variety of sights, tastes and smells; as well as meet neighbors, farmers and vendors.
If you’ve never been to a farmers market—or if you haven’t been in a while—National Farmers Market Week August 3-9, is a perfect time to make the trip. It’s a time to celebrate the 8,100+ farmers markets across the United States, the farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them. If you’re in the DC area, stop by the USDA Farmers Market on Friday, August 8 to see how USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is celebrating.
If you can’t join us in DC, use the National Farmers Market Directory to find a market in your area. And if you run a market, consider planning events that engage kids before they head back to school. The Farmers Market Coalition has great tools and resources online to help you plan your market’s activities.
And one more thing…
In celebration of NFMW we invite you to unleash your inner child. Show us why you love the farmers and vendors that make your local market great! Share your favorite farmers market memory, a picture with a farmer, your favorite produce, or a simple selfie at the market. Be creative and silly. Tag the photo with #FarmMktWk @USDA. Anywhere you go, visit one and enjoy. Become a kid again.