Kentucky Agricultural News

 

Support your local producers
during Farmers' Market Week

Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

I proclaimed Aug. 5-11 as Farmers’ Market Week in Kentucky to remind all Kentuckians that your local farmers’ market is a great source of fresh, nutritious foods to serve to your family. It’s also a great way to say “Thank you” to the men and women who produce the food.

Kentucky has nearly 150 farmers’ markets, an 80 percent increase over a decade ago, with more than 2,500 vendors. This time of year is the traditional peak of the produce season in Kentucky, but at many markets you also will find meats, sauces, cheeses, eggs, cut flowers, crafts, and many other products.

Kentucky farmers’ market vendors reported sales of $10.4 million in 2011, but not all markets reported, so the actual sales figure is likely in excess of $11 million. That $11 million all went straight to the producers to help them pay their bills, care for their children, and stay on the farm.

Commissioner
James R. Comer

On average, each American farmer gets only 15.8 cents of every food dollar, so it makes a big difference when you can buy directly from the people who grew, raised, or made the food.

I hope you will join me in commemorating Farmers’ Market Week by shopping at your local farmers’ market. Go to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s website, www.kyagr.com, to find a market near you.