Will take place August 2nd – 8th
By Diego Flammini, Farms.com
In conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture’s declaration that Sunday, August 2nd to Saturday, August 8th be recognized as National Farmers’ Market Week, the state of Maryland is doing the same.
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, do hereby proclaim AUGUST 2 – 8, 2015 as MARYLAND FARMERS’ MARKET WEEK in Maryland, to call special and deserved attention to the many farmers’ markets in Maryland and their many benefits to local farmers and consumers, and do commend this observance to all of our citizens,” says Governor Hogan’s declaration.
There are currently 143 recognized farmers’ markers across Maryland; 12 of which are year round and 46 that are involved with the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
“Maryland’s farmers are now offering their freshest products at farmers’ markets across the state. These markets provide an important source of income for farmers as more and more consumers seek the freshness, quality, and wide selection of locally grown produce, meats, dairy, and more,” said Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “They also serve as integral links between urban, suburban and rural communities. By talking one-on-one with farmers, consumers can learn where their food comes from, how to best prepare it, and useful storage and handling tips.”
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, corn is Maryland’s most successful crop, followed by soybeans and wheat.
People interested in attending a farmers’ market can find one in their area by visiting Maryland’s Best.