SC Commissioner Weathers: National Farmers Market Week

August 1st through the 7th is National Farmers Market Week. SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about how South Carolina’s Farmers Markets are being recognized.

  • This is 22nd year of this annual celebration that aims to highlight the vital role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system.
  • The National Farmers Market Coalition hopes this celebration will also focus on the resilience of farmers markets and how market operators continued to support their communities throughout the pandemic.  
  • During the pandemic all 3 state farmers markets remained open due to their outdoor and open nature. They continued to support their communities in this way.
  • Farmers Markets also offer a unique face-to-face experience where consumers can meet the hard-working people behind the delicious produce they love. It doesn’t hurt that prices for produce are generally lower than prices in grocery stores or supermarkets.
  • Along with a personal connection and generally cheaper prices, by supporting local farmers through these local markets more of your hard-earned money goes to the farmers.
  • Spending money at farmers markets keeps your money in circulation within the local community, preserving and creating local jobs.
  • The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will be sharing content through our Facebook and Twitter pages encouraging people to visit and support their local farmers market.
  • You can visit the SCDA’s website and search Community-Based Farmers Market to find a local market near you.