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Vilsack sets National Farmers Market Week for Aug. 3-9

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 3-9 National Farmers Market Week.

This marks the 15th annual National Farmers Market Week, which strives to recognize the important role farmers play in the agricultural and food economy.

"National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide," Vilsack said. "Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food."

In honor of the week, a representative of the US Department of Agriculture will be at the Dane County Farmers Market around the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Sat., Aug. 2. Madison's farmers market is the nation's largest producer-only farmers market.

On Aug. 8, the USDA Farmers Market, located at the USDA headquarters in Washington DC, will host a Healthy Back-to-School Challenge to show kids and their families how to cook simple, healthy and tasty snacks with seasonal ingredients.

Other USDA representatives will be at farmers market locations across the country throughout the week.

More and more farmers markets are offering electronic benefits transfer technology that can be used by people receiving help from USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as well as low-income women, babies, children and seniors participating in the WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition programs.

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