(image courtesy Austin Photo Book)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture are quite possibly the world’s biggest Farmers Market fans in the world. Given that, it makes perfect sense for them to pick a week out of the year and proclaim it “National Farmers Market Week.” It’s no coincidence that we’re announcing this agricultural tidbit, we’re actually smack dab in the middle of National Farmers Market Week! The official Farmers Market celebration of 2011 began on August 7th, and continues through August 13th.
Since 2000, when the United States Department of Agriculture first proclaimed National Farmers Market Week, the number of farmers markets has grown 150%, from 2,863 in 2000 to 7,175 in 2011. As these numbers increase, farmers markets are bolstering local economies, improving community health, and bringing diverse groups of people together through a shared social space.
We encourage you to get out and enjoy one of the great Farmers Markets in Austin! It’s a great way to purchase fresh, nutritious foods and at the same time promote nutrition and wholesome eating habits. It’s a great way to eat healthy AND support local business!
Check out our list of Farmers Markets in Austin, and take this opportunity to try one out. You will find a bounty of nutritious and affordable food, including fruits, vegetables, and baked goods, along with plants, crafts, and much more.
We also have a list of farms and farmers local to Austin and Central Texas. These are some of the fine folks who supply the Farmers Markets and local grocery stores in Austin. Click here to find out more about Farms in Austin.
Do you know of a good Farmers Market or farm that we failed to include? Please shoot us a message and we will add them to the list!