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Hutchinson proclaims Farmers Market Week in the Arkansas

- 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: arkansasgr­own.org.

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.agricultur­e.arkansas.gov.

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