Celebrating Kentucky’s Farmers’ Markets Week

By Chad Hobbs

 Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has proclaimed this week, August 2-8, Farmers’ Markets Week in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is urging Kentuckians to help celebrate this week by supporting the families who bring fresh produce and products to the 167 markets in across the state.

 “Finding locally grown produce, meat, eggs, dairy products, and more at the peak of freshness is the advantage of Kentucky’s farmers’ markets,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Purchasing your food from a Kentucky Proud farmers’ market not only supports your local farmers, but also keeps the money you spend in your community. During the coronavirus pandemic, our farmers’ markets have adapted to protect themselves and Kentucky consumers. I encourage all Kentuckians to consider visiting their local farmers’ market during Farmers’ Markets Week.”

 Meade County is one of the 115 out of 120 counties in the state that has one of these Kentucky Proud farmers’ markets. It is located beside the extension office in Brandenburg and across the road from the public library. We covered the opening weekend of the local market back on May 2 of this year. Mary Gavin, market manager, was overwhelmed by the number of patrons that came out that weekend, almost doubling the attendance of previous years. Speaking with her recently, attendance since that weekend has continued to be strong.

 The market is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The vendors there every week take great pride in their products. They also offer some of the freshest, most flavorful produce and other goodies that a shopper will find. It also is a great way to keep our money in our community, supporting the hard work these vendors put in to provide the bounty that is the Meade County Farmers’ Market.

 “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all of our lives, farmers’ markets remain a vital resource, providing fresh and nutritious food direct from Kentucky’s farms,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This crisis has put a magnifying glass on the reasons we need our agriculture producers.”

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