Virginia Farmers Market Week Proclamation

It’s official! The Governor has issued a proclamation recognizing August 4-10, 2019 as Virginia Farmers Market Week. (below)

Markets across the state will have special events and activities during this week. VAFMA and market managers will also be counting visitors as a part of Visitor Count Week. Head to your market and be counted as a farmers market lover!

08/04/2019

WHEREAS, the number of Virginia’s farmers’ markets has increased 212 percent, from 88 markets in 2006 to 275 in 2019; and

WHEREAS, their popularity has grown so much that the Virginia Tourism Corporation recently added a new logo to their LOVE line: Virginia is for Farmers’ Market Lovers; and

WHEREAS, farmers markets offer ways for new farmers to enter the marketplace by selling directly to the public; and

WHEREAS, farmers markets provide communities with healthy food environments where the abundance of locally-grown produce helps increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption; and

WHEREAS, farmers markets play important roles in expanding healthy food access for Virginians by participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and

WHEREAS, vendors at farmers markets often educate customers on agriculture, farming practices, and environmental stewardship, including the conservation of land, water, and other natural resources; and

WHEREAS, the economic impact of farmers markets not only includes direct benefits to farmers and affiliated businesses, but also benefits to the community by stimulating downtown revitalization, enhancing community engagement and preserving farmland through economic viability;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 4-10, 2019, as VIRGINIA FARMERS MARKET WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

Visitor Count Week – Join us!

During National Farmers Market Week, markets across Virginia will count their visitors. Having a statewide count will help us explain how important farmers markets are to our communities and give us all a better understanding of how many people Virginia’s farmers markets serve. Currently, there aren’t any statewide estimates of customers attending farmers markets.

Visitor counts are an easy way to get started in data collection and this packet explains how to do it.

59 farmers markets are currently registered for Visitor Count Week. Join us!

Read more about Visitor Count Week and see a list of the markets participating.

National Farmers Market Week Resources

VAFMA partner, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), offers resources, tools and graphics to help markets celebrate and promote National Farmers Market Week.

VAFMA members are also FMC members. Log in to their website to access members-only tools in addition to all of their free resources.

A sampling of special events and activities happening during Farmers Market Week:

Fairfax County Farmers Markets – Cooking Demonstrations, Kids Activities & a Gift Basket Drawing

Scottsville Farmers Market – Door prizes throughout the Market on August 10th

Archwood Green Barns Farmers Market – Special Event

Warrenton Farmers Markets – Special events

RVAgriculture – 9th Annual Recycling Day at Manakin Market on the August 3rd and Canning Swaps at all markets

Town of Hillsville Farmers Market – Grandma Kat’s Corner for the kids, invitations to state & local representatives, and I ? Farmers Market swag given out!

Yorktown Market Days — Farm-to-Fork Chef Cooking Demonstration, Farm-themed face painting designs for the kids, I ? Farmers Market Stickers and Temp Tattoos handed out, and painted rocks hidden in and around the market for children to find that morning. Plus, live music!

Dorey Park Farmers Market – POP Club will be making homemade thank you cards to give to market vendors

Marion Regional Farmers Market – Fresh Sprouts Kids Program

Farmers Market Trail

VAFMA is working on a Farmers Market Trail, named — you guessed it — the Virginia is for Farmers Market Lovers Trail!

Virginia Farmers Markets:

DO YOU WANT TO BE INCLUDED IN THE FARMERS MARKET TRAIL?

  1. Claim your market on our map (via Farmspread)
  2. Add/Update your profile on Virginia.org

DO YOU WANT TO USE THE VIRGINIA IS FOR FARMERS MARKETS LOGO?
If you would like to add this logo to your website, you must submit a request to VTC using this form.They have already approved farmers markets to use the logo. They just need a record of each market.