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Kick off for National Farmers Market Week will take place in Alexandria

August 2, 2016

Baton Rouge, La., August 2, 2016 – National Farmers Market Week will be held August 7-13, 2016. The 17th Annual National Farmers Market celebration will kick off Saturday, August 6th at 10 a.m. at Inglewood Farms in Alexandria, La.

“I love strolling through our local farmers markets. We have some of the best and freshest produce in the country and it’s always good to support the local farmer and our economy. Plus, when you meet a farmer, you get to know where your food comes from,” said Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Kevin Norton, State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana, said, “We are excited to be a part of the kick-off celebration for National Farmers Market Week. In addition to the announcement, four USDA agencies will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) to collaborate on projects and expand our outreach efforts with beginning and small farmers throughout central Louisiana.”

Everyone is invited to attend a morning of fun, food and live music. The Inglewood market begins at 8 a.m. with a wide variety of vendors selling locally-grown produce and home-made treats. Every child who attends will receive a token worth $5 that they can use at any of the vendors to purchase fruits, veggies and healthy snacks.

There are more than 8,600 farmers markets across the country. For a list of farmers markets in Louisiana, go to www.ldaf.la.gov.
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