GFMA Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

August 7, 2016, ATLANTA, GA - National Farmers Market Week is coming up August 7-13, 2016! In celebration, the Georgia Farmers Market Association (GFMA) wants to share information on the importance of farmers markets and why it’s critical that we support all of our local markets. Farmers markets are more than just an outlet for fresh produce and friendly farmers. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics, these grassroots venues have increased in number by over 60% since 2009 to more than 8,500 today. These markets preserve farmland, stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh nutritious food, improve community health, and promote sustainability. For example, growers selling locally create thirteen full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned while those that do not sell locally only create three. Georgia is home to several farmers markets.

“It’s critical that we all do our part to support our local farmers markets. Without these markets, our communities wouldn’t see the benefits from these economic drivers and providers of fresh, nutritious foods. This week, we’re asking everyone to show their support by visiting their market,” said Sagdrina Jalal, GFMA’s Executive Director.

During National Farmers Market Week, we will be sharing daily posts about the importance of local markets and their impact on communities. Topics will include farmland preservation, economic sustainability and community health. Be sure to check our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

More about GFMA | Georgia Farmers Market Association exists to serve you –the farmers, market workers, and communities that make farmer’s markets thrive throughout Georgia. Six years ago, farmer and respected Georgia agriculture advocate Brennan Washington and community leaders believed that there was a need for statewide representation, dialogue, and training for market managers and farmers. In this way, the farmer’s market infrastructure would be strengthened and enable markets to thrive, grow, and multiply.