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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 19, 2018

National Farmers Market Week underway through Saturday

Aug 09, 2018

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging Iowans to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the more than 200 farmers markets in Iowa, including the Fairfield Farmers Market, as part of National Farmers Market Week, which got underway Sunday and continues through Saturday.

“Farmers markets are a great place to find Iowa-grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other products,” Naig said. “This is the time of year when our markets are packed with fresh, delicious, local foods. I encourage everyone to participate in National Farmers Market Week by visiting one of the markets in our state and supporting the farmers who are there.”

Donna Brahms, president of the Iowa Farmers Market Association, encourages everyone to visit their local farmers markets.

“Iowa’s farmers markets continue to have great success, and many local markets are holding special events during National Farmers Market Week. The Iowa Farmers Market Association encourages everyone to visit and shop their local farmers markets,” she said.

The Fairfield Farmers Market is open 3-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in Howard Park.

As part of National Farmers Market Week, Naig highlighted the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. These programs provide eligible low-income seniors as well as women and children in Iowa with checks that can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at authorized farmers markets and farm stands from June 1 through Oct. 31.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship administers the programs in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department on Aging. For more information, contact Stephanie Groom, program administrator, at 515-725-1179 or Stephanie.Groom@IowaAgriculture.gov.

Naig also encouraged Iowans to take advantage of the department’s online Iowa Farmers Market Directory and Iowa Farmstand Directory. Both directories provide detailed information on market and farmstand locations, dates and hours open, links to websites, and details on FMNP check acceptance. The directories can be found at www.idalsdata.org/fmnp/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.showLogin & utm_medium=email & utm_source=govdelivery.

General questions on farmers markets and farmstands can be directed to State Horticulturist Paul Ovrom at paul.ovrom@iowaagriculture.gov or 515-242-6239. Information about the Fairfield Farmers Market is available by emailing fairfieldfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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