Hutchin­son pro­claims Farm­ers Mar­ket Week in the Arkansas

The Saline Courier Weekend - - BUSINESS & SERVICES DIRECTORY - The Sa­line Courier Staff

LIT­TLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchin­son has pro­claimed the week of Au­gust 2-8, 2020 as Arkansas Farm­ers Mar­ket Week. The Arkansas De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (De­part­ment) joins the state and or­ga­ni­za­tions across the coun­try in cel­e­brat­ing this week. Wes Ward, Arkansas Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture, was joined by Jeremy Adams, Arkansas Farm­ers Mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion; Rick Jensen, Rick’s Farm Stand and Arkansas Grown mem­ber; Ron Rainey, Arkansas Mar­ket­maker; Cyn­thia Ed­wards, Arkansas Deputy Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture; Karen Reynolds, Arkansas Agri­cul­ture Pro­gram Man­ager; and oth­ers at Rick’s Farm Stand in Maumelle on Tues­day, Au­gust 4, to present the procla­ma­tion signed by Gov­er­nor Hutchin­son. Find the full procla­ma­tion here.

Arkansas is home to over 100 farm­ers mar­kets around the state that serve as vi­tal links for Arkansas pro­duc­ers and con­sumers. Dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic, farm­ers mar­kets have been in­no­vat­ing to con­tinue op­er­a­tions for the farm­ers and com­mu­ni­ties that de­pend on them. Mar­ket man­agers have been at the fore­front of rapidly adapt­ing so­lu­tions to pro­tect staff, cus­tomers, and the com­mu­nity.

“Arkansas farm­ers mar­kets have ex­celled in con­tin­u­ing to sup­port our farm­ers and pro­vid­ing a place for Arkansans to shop for fresh, lo­cally grown and made prod­ucts,” said Sec­re­tary Wes Ward. “Their in­no­va­tion, pas­sion, and ded­i­ca­tion have been an im­por­tant fac­tor in the in­creased in­ter­est in buy­ing lo­cal and sup­port­ing our lo­cal farm­ers.”

Arkansas farm­ers mar­kets are also im­por­tant re­sources for many of the 900 mem­bers of the Arkansas Grown, Arkansas Made, and Homegrown by He­roes brand­ing pro­grams. These pro­grams, ad­min­is­tered by the Arkansas De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, help pro­mote the many agri­cul­tural prod­ucts grown in Arkansas and pro­vide crit­i­cal con­nec­tions be­tween pro­duc­ers and con­sumers.

To find out more about the Arkansas Grown, Arkansas Made, and Homegrown by He­roes pro­grams, or to find the farm­ers mar­ket clos­est to you, visit: arkansas­

The Arkansas De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture is ded­i­cated to the devel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies and pro­grams for Arkansas agri­cul­ture and forestry to keep its farm­ers and ranch­ers com­pet­i­tive in na­tional and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets while en­sur­ing safe food, fiber, and for­est prod­ucts for the cit­i­zens of the state and na­tion. Visit www.agri­cul­

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