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Downtown Farmers Market celebrates national week

5:35 PM, Jul. 25, 2013  |  Comments
Fresh produce is displayed at the Downtown Fond du Lac's Farmers Market that is held every Wednesday and Saturday.
Fresh produce is displayed at the Downtown Fond du Lac's Farmers Market that is held every Wednesday and Saturday.
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Head to the Wednesday and Saturday markets for special activities and promotions all day!

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has proclaimed Aug. 4-10, as National Farmers Market Week. In celebration, the Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market is planning activities such as educational seminars on safe food preservation and food safety, cooking demonstrations and special giveaways at both the Wednesday and Saturday markets. Wednesday, Aug. 7 will feature special appearances by Congressman Tom Petri, State Senator Rick Gudex, City Manager Joe Moore and City Council President Sam Meyer. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m.

By the end of 2012, there were more than 7,800 farmers markets in the U.S - a 10 percent increase in just one year. The numbers continue to rise as farmers markets become fresh food mainstays for shoppers across all socio-economic, political, and ethnic ranges. Now more than ever, farmers markets serve as anchors across American communities, positively influencing community health and wealth. Markets result in more viable regional economies and local farm businesses, increased access to fresh, nutritious food, and stronger social networks that help keep communities healthy. Wisconsin is home to 299 farmers markets.

The Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market has been in existence for over 25 years. Currently there are nearly 65 farmers selling a wide variety of products, including onions, kohlrabi, lettuce varieties, potatoes, peas, honey, beef and much more! The market provides a valuable economic boost for the region.

"It has been extremely rewarding to work closely with the nearly sixty five farmers in our farmers market. They have seen their customer base grow each week with the acceptance of EBT, credit and debit cards. They are excited to be a part of a national movement to expand healthy, local food options to all people and educate them about their farms and practices. Each farmer has a unique story that deserves to be told," says Sadie Parafiniuk, Director of Marketing & Special Events.

The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life back to the heart of Fond du Lac. The DFP serves 214 properties with 295 businesses

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