Wednesday, August 7, 2013
South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers is asking South Carolinians to join him in celebrating Farmers Market Month in August by shopping at a farmers market in their community.
“We are blessed to have an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce and locally made products here in South Carolina,” said Weathers in a release last week. “You don’t just have to visit a farmers market in August, celebrate throughout the year by shopping your local market anytime.”
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has again proclaimed August as Farmers Market Month in South Carolina. Farmers Market Month is an extension of National Farmers Market Week, which runs August 4-10, and celebrates farmers markets as critical food hubs that bolster regional economies, while increasing access to nutritious foods.
Local farmers markets have grown in popularity as more people are looking for, and buying locally-grown produce and agricultural products. Today there are more than 120 community-based farmers markets across the state, as well as the three State Farmers Markets located in West Columbia, Florence, and Greenville.
During your next visit to a farmers market look for the Certified SC Grown logo to find South Carolina grown produce and products.
To find a local farmers market in your community visit agriculture.sc.gov
Note: Governor Haley’s official proclamation declaring August as Farmers Market Month is included as an attachment to this email. For story ideas on what’s hot at your local farmers market, or to arrange interviews, please contact the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.