Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaims Washington Farmers Market Week

July 29, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2012

The popularity of farmers markets continues to increase across the Evergreen State.

Shoppers made almost 1.8 million trips — including many repeat visits — to experience Washington’s 160 farmers markets.

Gov. Chris Gregoire joined the state Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association to celebrate Farmers Market Week from Aug. 5-11.

“Washington’s farmers produce some of the best agricultural products around the world,” Gregoire said in a statement. “From our world-famous apples to our varied field greens, the goods produced in our state are second to none. And those who live here have easy access to these quality foods.”

Statewide, farmers markets belonging to the Washington State Farmers Market Association reported $39.6 million in sales in 2011 — up from slightly less than $39 million reported in 2010.

“Consumers will find delicious, high-quality produce and food products at any of Washington’s farmers markets,” Department of Agriculture Director Dan Newhouse said in a statement. “Farmers selling at these markets are the face of agriculture for most people. They show just how important agriculture is for our communities large and small.”

Organizers host the Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Barn on Saturdays through October.

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