National Farmers Market Week Encourages Locals to Support Locals

06-05-14 Farmer's Market pictureThere’s only a few more months left for prime Farmers Market season. The Knox Farmers Market runs until Halloween and then they close up for the year. In an effort to highlight the importance of farmers markets across the country on Saturday, August 1st U.S Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the start of the 16th annual Farmers Market Week. It began Sunday August 2nd and will run until Saturday August 8th.

Secretary Vilsack noted that the country’s more than 8,000 farmers markets play a key part in sustaining family farms and revitalizing rural communities. Vilsack has identified strengthening local food systems-including farmers markets- as one of the pillars of the USDA’s commitment to rural economic development and job creation.

Do your part to honor the important role that farmers markets play in small town economies by coming to Wythogan Park this weekend to see what vendors will have displayed across from the train depot on U.S. 35. The regular days and hours for the Knox Farmers Market are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am until 6 pm Central. According to Local Harvest you’ll find home-grown, hand-made and non profit items.

For further information contact the Mayor’s office at (574)-772-4553. If you are interested in being a vendor, you can access the 2015 Vendor Application by following the provided link.