Celebrating Farmers Market Week
Tennessee’s farmers markets create an economic and social bridge between the state’s rural communities and its major population centers. There are many ways for you to celebrate this vital role during National Farmers Market Week August 5-11.
With 168 farmers markets listed on the Pick Tennessee website and mobile app, it is easy to find fresh foods and goods near you. Many markets will recognize the week with extra vendors, special guests and activities, food demonstrations, and even live music.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), people who shop at farmers markets eat more fruits and vegetables and proximity to a farmers market is associated with a lower body mass index.
Significant economic benefits also reach to our most rural areas. Markets serve as incubators for small food and farm product businesses, giving rural entrepreneurs a platform to improve their products and business decision-making. The average American farmer receives about 90 cents for every dollar spent on food purchased at a farmers market. In an industry where the average farmer’s age is over 60, 16 percent of all farmers market farmers are under 35.
Pick Tennessee is a free service of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture that connects consumers with Tennessee farmers, farmers markets, farm products, and activities, plus food and farm related products made in Tennessee.
The Tennessee’s farmers markets directory can be accessed at www.PickTNProducts.org and via the Pick TN mobile app. Follow Pick Tennessee on social media for seasonal updates and information about farm related events, activities, and products.
The Bolivar Farmers Market began in 2008, as part of the Bolivar Downtown Development Corporation’s (DEVCO) Revitilization program. See photo above. Bolivar’s market is open each Tuesday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The Town of Grand Junction operates a Farmers Market on Fridays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Old Cotton Gin on Highway 57.