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August 7-13 is National Farmers Market Week

By for CAES News

Fresh tomatoes, fresh okra and heirloom field peas — who doesn’t love a farmers market?

Well, it’s time to celebrate the local farmers and organizers who help bring local produce to downtowns and parks across Georgia each summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated August 7-13 National Farmers Market Week.

Did you know that direct to consumer sales of fruits and vegetables — like the sales at farmers markets — result in a $14.4 million impact on the Georgia economy, according to a study by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

For more information about local farmers markets in your county contact your county UGA Cooperative Extension Office by calling 1-800-Ask-UGA 1 or search at the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory at www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets

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Media: For print-quality stock photos of Georgia farmers markets visit our photo archive at tinyurl.com/UGAFarmersMarketWeek2016 .

Merritt Melancon is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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