National Farmers Market Week

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National Farmers Market Week is only a few months away! Now in its 25th year, this annual celebration (falling this year on August 4-10, 2024) highlights the vital role farmers markets play in our nation’s food system. With fun events, programs, contests, activities, and more, the week helps to boost market attendance and visibility as well as showcase the value markets bring to their communities. 

However, National Farmers Market Week is not just an opportunity to celebrate. 

Over the past decade, FMC has grown the annual celebration from a little-known proclamation declared by the United States Department of Agriculture to a widely anticipated event and effective tool for promoting and advocating for farmers markets. In addition to promoting their market, farmers market leaders nationwide (and now internationally!) recognize the celebration as an opportunity to connect with their communities, build relationships with local, state, and federal officials, secure sponsorship and grant funding, encourage data collection and research, and more.

But FMC didn’t grow National Farmers Market Week by itself.

Thanks to work led by Farmers Market State Associations, farmers markets operators, and local food leaders across the country at both the state and local level, NFMW has expanded into the celebration it is today. Associations have built relationships with state governments to procure NFMW proclamations in at least 20 states, while farmers market organizations have attained official proclamations through local and city governments. 

In 2023 we saw some of the most exciting progress of the event to date when FMC collaborated with members of congress to pass the first-ever Congressional Resolution recognizing National Farmers Market Week. And in the same year, Governor Jared Polis, became the first state governor to visit a farmers market to kickoff Farmers Market Week in Colorado. 

In short, the dedication of the farmers market community to amplify our collective work is paying off. Our success is because of your leadership and commitment. With this momentum, what kind of progress can National Farmers Market Week help us achieve in the decade ahead? We’re only just getting started…

So, how can FMC help you join the celebration?

We know it can be a lot of work to plan a festive week like this. That’s why FMC has developed the National Farmers Market Week Toolkit, a comprehensive resource for market leaders that offers tools, templates, guides, ideas, and more for planning and participating in National Farmers Market Week!

Fill out the form below to download the National Farmers Market Toolkit!

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National Farmers Market Week 2024 Toolkit

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National Farmers Market Week is made possible thanks to our sponsors!

Thank you to our returning sponsors FarmAid, Farm Credit, and Square for supporting us in 2024!