At my local Collingswood Farmers Market tomorrow, there will be a celebration of peaches. Peach pies will be judged, the vendors will be overflowing with fresh, juicy peaches, and Just Peachy peach salsa will make its debut. Just Peachy is a salsa that’s being made from rescued peaches from N.J. peach farms. The proceeds from the salsa will benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey. I’m looking forward to trying.
I’ve been reading a lot of good about farmers markets lately, and after last Friday’s disheartening news roundup, I thought you’d like to be let in on some good news.
The number of U.S. farmers markets is surging. The USDA says that the number of markets grew 9.6 percent in the past year. According to The Augusta Chronicle, there are now 7,864 registered markets in the country.
The USDA’s National Farmers Market Week runs August 5-11. The USDA encourages “the people of the United States to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the bountiful production of nation’s farmers.”
Chipotle restaurant buys local where it can, and in California, they buy lots of locally grown avocados for their guacamole. The Produce News reports that during National Farmers Market Week, Chipotle will donate $1 to the Farmer-Veteran Coalition (up to $50,000) for every side of guacamole purchased at California restaurants.
If you want to show your appreciation for your favorite farmers market, you can vote in American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest. Winners in the four categories (grouped by size) receive recognition and prizes. Cast your vote to show your famers market your appreciation.
Finally, here on MNN we have a photo gallery of 9 U.S. farmers markets every food lover should visit.
Enjoy your weekend!
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