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Comer proclaims 2-8 Aug 2015 Farmers Market Week

Kentucky has 160 farmers' markets in 107 counties registered with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and approximately 2,700 participating vendors. Kentucky farmers' markets recorded more than $12 million in sales in 2014.
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By Ted Sloan
News from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture

FRANKFORT, KY - Kentucky's farmers' markets always show their appreciation to their customers, but this week they'll kick it up a notch. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has proclaimed August 2-8, 2014 Farmers' Market Week in Kentucky.

"Farmers' markets offer farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, unique products made from old family recipes, meats from livestock raised on a family farm, and many other great farm products," Commissioner Comer said. "Farmers' markets also enable consumers to meet the farmers, get to know them, and learn more about how the food was produced. And they provide consumers an opportunity to help farmers earn a living."


During Farmers' Market Week and throughout the month of August, many Kentucky farmers' markets have special activities and events scheduled to celebrate and show their appreciation to their customers. Market events include food sampling, drawings, giveaways, live music, silent auctions, contests for kids, and cooking demonstrations.

Kentucky has 160 farmers' markets in 107 counties registered with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and approximately 2,700 participating vendors. Kentucky farmers' markets recorded more than $12 million in sales in 2014.

"Farmers' markets have become a valuable resource for fresh, nutritious food for customers who receive federal nutrition assistance benefits such as the WIC and Senior Farmers' Market food vouchers and now SNAP benefits," said Sharon Spencer, the KDA's farmers' market specialist.



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