Celebrate Farmers Market Week early at Issaquah market

August 5, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Start Farmers Market Week early at the Issaquah Farmers Market on Saturday.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, the state Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association announced Aug. 7-13 as Farmers Market Week.

“Farmers markets support local farms and small businesses, promote healthy eating and bring communities together,” Gregoire said in a statement. “Farmers markets positively impact and shape the social and economic fabric of Washington’s communities, large and small.”

The local market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Statewide, farmers markets in the Washington State Farmers Market Association reported almost $39 million in sales last year — up from $32 million in 2009. (The local farmers market is not a member of the association.)

“Farmers selling at the markets have become the face of agriculture in our state,” Dan Newhouse, state Department of Agriculture director, said in a statement. “These markets are real community builders whether they operate daily at Seattle’s Pike Place Market or once a week in a small town. They generate sales for growers, a great social atmosphere and showcase Washington’s freshest local produce.”

The popularity of farmers markets continues to multiply across the Evergreen State. Shoppers head to more than 150 farmers markets across Washington for produce, meats, cheeses and specialty food products.

“Farmers markets are located in 36 counties in the Evergreen State which furthers our vision to have strong farmers markets within reach of every farmer and state resident,” said Karen Kinney, Washington State Farmers Market Association interim executive director.

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