August 7-August 15, 2005
SACRAMENTO– The USDA has designated the week of August 7-15 as National Farmers Market week, and CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura is calling on Californians to recognize the state’s certified farmers markets for their role in the overall success of farmers markets nationally.
“California’s certified farmers markets are a true asset to our state and an important venue to bring farmers and consumers together,” said Secretary Kawamura. “In addition, certified farmers markets serve the community with educational outreach on nutrition and wholesome eating habits, and are one of the best ways for consumers to buy California Grown.”
California has more than 400 certified farmers markets in the state as sales venues for an estimated 3,300 certified agricultural producers selling healthy and high-quality produce directly to consumers. Until 1977, regulations required farmers to properly pack, size and label their fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables in standard containers to transport and sell anywhere other than the farm-site. Recognizing the importance of farmer to consumer sales, the department revised regulations allowing for the creation of California certified farmers markets.
The number of farmers markets in the United States has grown dramatically in recent years, prompting state and national advocates of local farming to designate a week each year to take note of their benefits. California joins the nation in celebrating in National Farmers Market Week.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814