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The US Department of Agriculture celebrates National Farmers Markets this week, August 4th-10th.
The Foothills Farmers Market is in full swing with an abundance of summer fruits and vegetables available. Fresh juicy berries like blackberries and strawberries, and also tasty vegetables like lettuce, kale, and a variety of tomatoes are picked fresh each day from farmers around the region and delivered to farmers markets.
Eating with a healthier diet plan is affordable, and picking up a week’s worth of fresh produce from PlacerGrown farmers is also affordable. Many of the local Farmers Markets accept WIC, a special supplemental meal program for women, infants and children, coupons or Seniors First Farmers Market Nutrition’s vouchers, and even First Five recipients have farmers market shopping options.
Produce is not the only featured item at local farmers markets. There are also farm fresh eggs and grass fed meats, both organic. With lamb or beef options at the market, dinner is a one-stop option.
Each week, leftover produce is donated to the Salvation Army and the local food banks, so far 550 lbs have been donated this week.
To celebrate National Farmers Market Week, Foothills Farmers Markets are making use of their social media skills with contests available. Customers will have a chance to win prizes including a $150 gift card to Carpe Vino in Auburn.
There are 8,144 farmers markets listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory. Finding a local farmers market has never been easier with the USDA launching of Application Programming Interface.
Of the top 10 states with farmers markets, California tops the charts with 759 markets.