|Summer’s bounty is on full display at the Antigo Farmers Market, which will join in the celebration of National Farmers Market Week on Saturday.|
Now in its seventh season, the market runs from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday in the Country Store parking lot at Fourth Avenue and Superior Street. Sales will continue through September.
“We encourage everyone to come down and celebrate National Farmers Market Week by sampling locally produced items,” Renate Bromberg, organizer of the Antigo market, said. “It is sold directly by the people who grow, gather and process a large variety of healthy, delicious food.”
According to Anne L. Alonzo, agricultural marketing service administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers markets connect and unite people living in urban and rural environments, provide access to fresh, healthy and delicious foods, and put a face to the farmers and ranchers who produce their wares.
The states with the most farmers markets listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory are California (764 markets), New York (638 markets), Michigan (339 markets), Ohio (311 markets), Illinois (309 markets), Massachusetts (306 markets), Pennsylvania (297 markets), Wisconsin (295 markets), Virginia (249 markets), and Missouri (245 markets).
The 10 states with the largest percentage increase of farmers markets include Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Arkansas, North Carolina, Montana, Florida and Nebraska.
Alonzo said that USDA is developing three new local food directories, focusing on community-supported agriculture, food hubs and on-farm markets.
“These free directories will provide one stop, easy access to the most current information about local food sources,” Alonzo said. “I encourage local growers and food business owners to visit www.usdalocalfooddirectories.com and list their operational details. Together, we can continue building valuable resources to support local and regional food systems in communities across the country.”
These new directories will be available online early in 2015.
Farmers market development is a cornerstone of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, which coordinates policy, resources, and outreach efforts related to local and regional food systems.
“Our overall goal is simple—to increase support and develop resources for small and midsize producers and new and beginning farmers—many of whom depend on farmers markets to reach their consumers,” Alonzo said. “Together we can ensure the success of local and regional food systems all year long—not just during National Farmers Market Week.”
Visit the Antigo Farm Market Saturday in celebration of National Farmers Market Week.