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July 28, 2014

AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo to Launch 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week at Dane County Farmers Market

We've always known we have a great Farmers Market in Dane County, and it's about to get a bit more exciting this weekend!

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo will kick-off the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at the Dane County Farmers Market. The Dane County Farmers Market is the largest producer-only farmers market in the country and has about 160 vendors at its Saturday market.

Ms. Alonzo will tour the market with Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Farmers Market Manager Bill Lubing.  She will host a media availability at 9:30 am to discuss the latest data from the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory followed by a related announcement.  At 10 am, Ms. Alonzo will deliver brief remarks and will highlight the latest information from USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory.

She also will discuss the important role of farmers markets in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, revitalize communities, and provide opportunities for farmers to improve access to fresh, healthy food.  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaimed August 3-9, 2014, National Farmers Market Week to celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, the farmers who make them possible, and the communities that host them.