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National Farmers Market Week kicks off in Salt Lake August 3

Wasatch Front Farmers Market
Heather King

Beginning Sunday, August 3, 2014 through August 9, farmers across the nation and around Utah will celebrate National Farmers Market Week. Locally, the celebration will mark the availability of an abundance of high quality fruits, vegetables, meats and grains offered at Utah’s 45 farmers markets.

The week kicks off along the Wasatch Front on Sunday at the Wasatch Front Farmers Market at Wheeler Historic Farm. Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, LuAnn Adams, will join Maryann Alston, Director, Wasatch Front Farmers Market/owner Urban Farm and Feed; Thayne Tagge, Owner, Tagge's Famous Fruit and Veggie Farm; Linnaea Mendoza, Owner, Salsitas Mendoza to discuss the importance of farmers markets in Utah.

"We are honored to kickoff National Farmers Market Week at our market," says Alston. "The Wheeler Farm Farmers Market demonstrates what all markets strive to do--provide a place for the local community to gather, support each other and form lifelong friendships."

More than 130 food and product vendors will have products on display and be interacting with thousands of shoppers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Commissioner Adams will visit the 37 Utah’s Own vendors and the other vendors at the farmers market.

Utah farmers markets are enjoying the benefits of a strong consumer attitude about foods grown and raised locally. According to the USDA, Utahns spent nearly $16 million in 2012 (up 58% since 2007) in direct sales to Utah farmers and ranchers who sell directly to the public. Utah has more than 1,800 farms and ranches that sell directly to consumers.

To join the celebration, visit Wasatch Front Farmers Market today or any of your favorite markets this week—including the Downtown Farmers Market’s Tuesday night Harvest Market which kicks off this Tuesday, August 5 beginning at 4 p.m. in Pioneer Park.

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