National Farmer's Market Week
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, has officially proclaimed August 7-13th as National Farmer's Market Week across the United States. As a community deeply rooted in ag and farming, Dickinson County would be amiss without an outstanding farmer's market-- and we have just that! Be sure to visit the farmer's market every Saturday morning during their open season in the Lumber House parking lot in Abilene. Check out the official proclamation below:
WHEREAS farmers markets continue to provide access to safe and nutritious food in the face of market disruptions while also shortening supply chains and reinforcing a competitive food system benefitting producers and consumers;
and WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the importance of expanding regional agricultural marketing opportunities that improve access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, increase access to healthy, locally grown foods, and promote a more direct distribution of food to individuals and institutions, thereby reducing the overall climate impact of our supply chain;
and WHEREAS farmers markets have evolved to serve as a set of vital hubs for rediscovering community, helping rural and urban communities reconnect with one another, and creating more equitable economic opportunities;
and WHEREAS farmers markets embody the American spirit of overcoming challenges to build back better by contributing to the USDA’s Food System Transformation Framework to enhance and strengthen a fair, competitive, and resilient food system.
NOW, THEREFORE, to further awareness of farmers markets’ essential contributions to American life, I, Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, do hereby proclaim the week of August 7–13, 2022, as National Farmers Market Week. I call upon the American people to celebrate farmers markets with appropriate observances and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 12th day of July, the two hundred and forty-sixth year of the Independence of the United States of America.
Then signed Thomas J. Vilsack, Dept. Secretary of Agriculture.