Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed August 7-13, 2016 “Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week” “in recognition of the positive contributions Massachusetts’ farmers’ markets have on agriculture and public health in the Commonwealth.”
Read the Governor’s Proclamation here.
The week-long event coincides with the 17th National Farmers’ Market Week as the United States Department of Agriculture celebrates the nation’s thousands of farmers’ markets.
Governor Baker said that farmers markets in Massachusetts “create economic vitality for hundreds of farms and food producers while supporting local communities. I urge all Massachusetts residents to visit their local farmers’ market this week to buy some fresh, local produce and support our hard-working farmers.”
Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito said, “Farmers work hard all year long to deliver high-quality, nutritious products to residents living in cities and towns all across Massachusetts. We are proud to recognize the farmers’ markets which help ensure community camaraderie and the continued viability of family farms.”
Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) said the state’s farmers markets have “helped to sustain many of our family farms and are an important tool in helping to preserve thousands of acres of our state’s farmland.”
Massachusetts hosts approximately 248 summer and fall farmers’ markets and 40 winter farmers’ markets across the Commonwealth. At nearly $48 million, Massachusetts ranks 5th in the nation for direct market sales and 3rd in the nation for direct market sales per operation. Direct market sales account for 10 percent of the state’s total sales of agricultural products.
John Lebeaux, Commissioner at Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), called August “an ideal time to recognize farmers’ markets as we are entering Massachusetts’ peak harvest season in the coming weeks.”
DAR compiles an annual list of Massachusetts farmers’ markets, listing days, locations, times, and opening and closing dates for each market. Here is an interactive map of farmers’ markets statewide.