MANHATTAN, Kan. — In recognition of the important role farmers’ markets play in Kansas communities, Governor Sam Brownback proclaimed August as Farmers’ Market Month in Kansas.
In both urban centers and rural communities, farmers’ markets give consumers access to fresh, locally grown produce and serve as an important link between food producers and consumers of Kansas products. Farmers’ markets also keep money in Kansas communities, which helps make small businesses stronger and positively contributes to local economies.
The number of farmers’ markets in Kansas has grown from 26 in 1987 to more than 70 registered farmers’ markets in 2016. They are a vibrant part of many Kansas communities, and contribute to the health, well-being and quality of life for many Kansans.
“We are excited about the growth and expansion of farmers’ markets across the state,” said Julie Roller, agriculture marketing specialist at the Kansas Department of Agriculture. “Farmers’ markets serve as a great way for producers to connect with consumers and sell their products locally.”
Farmers’ markets in Kansas can register with the Kansas Department of Agriculture as part of the state’s agricultural trademark program, From the Land of Kansas. This central registration became possible in 2013 following the passage of Senate Bill 120, legislation designed to protect farmers’ markets and their managers from potential legal liability, thus opening doors for additional markets throughout the state. As a result of this state support, registered markets now have access to free marketing, outreach and advocacy efforts.
KDA supports farmers’ markets through a variety of services and programs, including the Kansas Farmers’ Market Toolkit, the Savor the Season campaign and by hosting state and regional farmers’ market workshops. KDA also provides information about food safety regulations and best practices to farmers’ markets across the state. KDA and From the Land of Kansas strive to serve Kansas farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and consumers by expanding agricultural markets and providing support and assistance to help Kansas businesses grow.
To locate a farmers’ market in your area, or to receive more information on how to register a farmers’ market please visit FromtheLandofKansas.com or contact Roller at Julie.Roller@ks.gov.
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