Governor Proclaims Aug. 5-11 Farmers’ Market Week in S.D.
SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
For Immediate Release: Aug. 1, 2012
Media Contact: Alison Kiesz, 605-626-3272
Governor Proclaims Aug. 5-11 Farmers’ Market Week in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – To celebrate the value of farmers’ markets in South Dakota,, Gov. Daugaard has signed a proclamation designating Aug. 5-11 as Farmers’ Market Week.
Farmers’ markets are popping up all over South Dakota. Even in agricultural states like South Dakota, consumers want to know where their food comes from.
“Farmers’ markets are a great way for consumers and producers to get to know each other,” said Walt Bones, South Dakota’s Secretary of Agriculture. “No matter if we are talking about beef, eggs, or vegetables, it’s important that consumers have an outlet to tell producers what is important to them and for producers to tell consumers how their food is raised.”
South Dakota has more than 40 farmers’ markets, and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages residents to buy local produce from those outlets. Supporting local farmers markets puts money in the pockets of South Dakota producers and helps strengthen rural communities.
SDDA has created a map indicating where farmers’ markets are located across the state. Visit www.dakotaflavor.com to view the map.
To view the Governor’s proclamation, please visit http://www.sdda.sd.gov/AgPolicy/Press/images/govfarmersmarketprocredac2012.pdf
Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 80,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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