National Farmers’ Market Week Kickoff
August 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
National Farmers’ Market Week (NFMW) will take place Aug. 4-10 in communities across the country. The Minnesota celebration will kick off at a public event on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market located at 290 5th Street East in downtown Saint Paul. There will be games and activities for guests throughout the morning, with a presentation and dignitaries including Thom Petersen, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, participating in agriculture-themed contests from 10:30-11 a.m., including veggie racing and corn shucking. The event is free and open to the public and is presented by the MDA, Minnesota Farmers Market Association, Minnesota Grown, Minnesota Farmers Union and SPFM. Olympic athlete and Minnesota Grown spokesperson Carrie Tollefson will emcee the event.
NFMW is a yearly celebration sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture that highlights the important role farmers’ markets play in the nation’s food system and gives local markets the opportunity to showcase the meaningful impacts they make in their communities. Each year, farmers’ markets across Minnesota participate in the event by creating their own independent celebrations. The Aug. 4 event marks the first time MFMA, MFU and Minnesota Grown are collectively sponsoring a large statewide event – in future years, the kickoff will be held at a different markets around the state.