River City Farmers Market in Savannah joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from Aug. 5-11.
Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be at the market on Wednesday, Aug. 8, with tourism and farmers market giveaways. Visit the booth from 8 a.m. until noon, for swag and to register for prizes.
As demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by United States Department of Agriculture, farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches.
“River City Farmers Market began in 2012 and currently hosts approximately 10-12 farmers selling a wide variety of products, including eggs, meats, fruits, vegetables, breads, flowers, jams, jellies and homemade crafts,” said Tourism Director Beth Pippin, “We are joined each week by UT Extension Services offering healthy tastings, recipes, cooking gadgets and a kids tent. Our plans for the annual Farm 2 Table Dinner are under way and scheduled for early October. Keep following us on Facebook.”
“Farmers markets play a vital role not just in generating real income for farmers, but in forming a healthy, prosperous food systems,” says Jen Cheek, executive director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture and sharing recipes and new foods with their neighbors. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier.”