DIRECTOR IBACH ENCOURAGES NEBRASKANS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL FARMERS' MARKET WEEK



LINCOLN – Summer presents the perfect opportunity for Nebraskans to enjoy the taste of farm‑grown sweet corn, the juiciness of a vine-ripened tomato, or the freshness of green beans plucked straight from the garden.  Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach encourages all Nebraskans to enjoy their local farmers’ market this season and especially during National Farmers’ Market Week from August 4-10.
 
“Nebraska is privileged to have over 80 farmers’ markets across the state,” said Ibach.  “I challenge all Nebraskans to visit their local farmers’ market during National Farmers’ Market Week, and for the rest of the season, to purchase fresh, locally grown produce.  Not only are you purchasing some of the freshest produce available, but every dollar you spend helps support your local economy.”
 
To assist in locating a farmers’ market near you, NDA offers the Nebraska Farmers’ Market Directory which identifies locations, hours of operation and contact information for numerous markets across the state.  The directory can be found at www.ourbesttoyou.nebraska.gov or by calling 800‑422‑6692
 
To celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, NDA will be at the Charles Drew Health Center in Omaha on Wednesday, August 7th.  A local chef will be on hand demonstrating the ease of incorporating fresh, seasonal produce into your daily diet.  The demonstrations are geared towards Omaha WIC participants, and will be held on the hour from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Those in attendance will receive a cookbook, a reusable grocery bag and a Nebraska Farmers’ Market directory.  This project is sponsored by the United State’s Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.





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