Senator Clark, NH Senate recognize National Farmers' Market Week

Clark, whose district includes over 147 working farms, applauds local agriculture's role in our health and our economy

(Concord, NH) Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) added her voice and that of the New Hampshire Senate to millions across the country by recognizing National Farmers' Market Day. A proclamation, issued today by the Senate, congratulates farmers markets on their continued strength and "celebrates fresh local food sold at fair prices and served on kitchen tables across the Granite State." National Farmers' Market Week begins on Sunday, August 4th and runs through Saturday the 10th.

"My district contains over 147 working farms and provides a healthy boost to the local and state economy," Sen. Clark said. "The farmers' markets in Durham, Lee, Newmarket, Newington, and Portsmouth provide a great service to consumers and to our local growers."

According to the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, the state has over 60 summer markets and over 30 winter markets in every part of the state.  More and more, farmers' markets are also accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards, allowing access to fresh and healthy food to those who have often been priced out of fresh food purchases.

Sen. Clark joins Governor Hassan, who will be visiting the Salem Farmers Market on Sunday, in applauding New Hampshire's Farmers' Markets. US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has also formally recognized National Farmers' Market Week, noting that "farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support the sustainability of family farms, revitalize communities, and provide opportunities for farmers and consumers to interact; and …increasingly offer electronic benefits transfer technology for use by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients in redeeming their benefits and also offer opportunities for low-income women, infants, and children and seniors participating in the WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs, respectively, to redeem their benefits."