Maryland Secretary of Agriculture celebrates National Farmers Market Week in Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md.- With fresh produce in crates, tents up, and lines of people it may just look like any other Tuesday at the Camden Avenue Farmers Market, in Salisbury, but it’s actually more than that. They’re celebrating National Farmer’s Market Week.

“So, certainly a lot of farmers are certainly working out in the fields and doing their thing but Farmers Market Week is reserved for those who come out and take that product directly to the people,” Bob Miller, Market Manager and owner of Nice Farmers Creamery, said.

Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder paid a visit to the market to present organizers with a Governor’s Proclamation designating August 7-13 as Maryland Farmers Market Week. “It was a great honor because I know how important Farmers Markets are for consumers and for the farmers and the vendors who participate in them because it’s a source of income for them, and it’s a source of food for everybody who comes,” Sec. Bartenfelder said.

A big message during this week is to encourage people to buy local products. “Everything stays right here in the community and you have to remember it goes right to what our slogan and our logo says, Maryland’s best fresh, local,” Sec. Bartenfelder said.

Miller said he participates in 4 farmers markets around Delmarva, which is a wonderful opportunity to not only sell his products, but also connect with the community. “Without the people here who come every Tuesday, there would be no Nice Farmers Creamery; there certainly wouldn’t be any of these wonderful other facilities, farmers out here,” Miller said.

And we’re told that support is important as Maryland is made up of small family farms across the state.

“I think that’s the key, we need you to not go to the box stores, come directly where real farmers are,” Miller said.

“Agriculture is Maryland’s biggest industry and a lot of people forget that,” Sec. Bartenfelder said.

If you want to join in on the Farmers Market fun–the Camden Avenue Farmers Market happens every Tuesday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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