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TEXARKANA, Ark. –
The Gateway Farmers Market has celebrated National Farmers Market Week for several
years. This event is celebrated at different times of the year throughout the United
States, according to the peak produce season. Texarkana, Arkansas’ Gateway Farmers
Market joins in this effort by celebrating National Farmers’ Market Week the second
Saturday in July. This year it will be July 9, 2016. However, this year the Gateway Farmers Market will be open every day this week with
special drawings on Saturday. There will be fresh produce including tomatoes, peppers,
squash, peaches, Arkansas watermelons, and much more. There will also be fresh jams
and jellies, breads, cookies, soaps, flowers and more available.
The numbers of Farmers Markets in the U.S. has grown dramatically in recent years,
prompting local, regional, and national advocates of local farming to designate a
week each year to take note of their benefits.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture reports that over 5,000 farmers’ markets currently
operate throughout the nation. Sales generated by farmers’ markets have been estimated
to exceed $1.5 billion a year, with most of the money going directly to small farmers.
Arkansas has seen increases in the number of farmers’ markets during this same period,
up from 50 to more than 80 and over $8.4 million.
The vitality of small – and medium – sized farms across Arkansas is good for the local
economy, good for consumers, and good for our produce farmers. Many communities find
it rewarding to invest in local markets as a component of economic development and
are realizing benefits from the resulting tourism.
USDA is developing numerous initiatives to increase farmer and consumer awareness
of the convenience and value of farmers markets.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and USDA are working together to increase the
development of farmers’ markets and, in the last decade, the federal-state partnership
has emphasized a critical need to help small farmers and to provide consumers access
to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The Secretary of Agriculture observed that about one in four farmers’ markets in the
country contribute their surplus to gleaning programs that distribute food to local
homeless shelters, community pantries, and other charitable organizations that feed
Our vendors at Gateway Farmers Market, located at East 9th Street and Jefferson, donate surplus to the Friendship Centers and 4-H summer youth
programs. There will be several free drawings for fresh produce Saturday, July 9th, at our National Farmers Market Celebration.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service works with states to encourage market growth,
while its Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Sciences Agents, helps needy families gain
access to healthy produce. One result is that more than 3,000 farmers’ markets nationwide
now accept coupons from recipients of the Federal Women, Infants, and Children Assistance
Program (WIC). The Gateway Farmers’ Market, at 9th & Jefferson in Texarkana, Arkansas, accepts WIC vouchers and is one of the largest,
locally grown FRESH produce markets in Arkansas.
The drawings for fresh produce will start at 9:00 AM. You must be present to win.
We are expecting the largest number of fresh produce farmers in our market’s existence.
Our Gateway Farmers Market facility was built in 1997 and, since then it has increased
in number of growers and the amount of produce being sold. The 2016 growing season
is building to be our best year since establishment.
Remember, the Gateway Farmers Market at East 9th and Jefferson will celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week on Saturday, July 9, 2016.
By Miller County Cooperative Extension County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division f Agriculture
Media Contact: Miller County Cooperative Extension County Extension Agent - AgricultureU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854 (870) 779-3609 email@example.com
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