Our favorite time of year is finally here: August 6th-August 12th is #FARMERSMARKETWEEK!

National Farmers Market week is an annual event, sponsored by the USDA, that highlights the important role farmers markets play in our nation’s food system. And we invite you to join us in the celebration!

According to the USDA, farmers and ranchers that sell directly to consumers at farmers markets have lower rates of bankruptcy and farm foreclosure than producers that rely solely on the wholesale contracts. Farmers markets literally serve as a lifeline for many producers — whether they’re beginning farmers looking for a place to start out, or established farms mitigating risk by diversifying their revenue streams.

So when you commit to buying directly from your local farmer, not only are you putting the freshest, most flavorful food on your dinner table, you’re making a very real impact on that farmer’s livelihood.

At farmers markets, we meet our community, access affordable, healthy produce, and support family farmers who overwhelmingly use farming practices that protect our environment. These are all benefits that impact each of us, and are all reasons to support farmers markets not just this week, but all year long.

Remember, every time we sit down for a meal, we are enjoying the fruits (sometimes literally) of a farmer’s labor. Whether you spend a little or a lot, pay a visit to a farmers market this week, and show them just how much they’re truly appreciated.

Come celebrate with us! See you at our Markets! 

(If you are on social media  — upload photos of your market experience, favorite farmer, produce finds, or whatever you end up cooking and TAG US @cityseedhaven, #cityseed, and this week use: #farmersmarketweek)