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Sunday Marks Beginning Of National Farmers Market Week
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on August 04, 2014 @ 8:17AM
Created on August 03, 2014 @ 3:49PM
In honor of the start of National Farmers Market Week, the commissioner of our state's department of agriculture stopped by the Bridgeport farmers market. All across the nation, the United States Department of Agriculture will celebrate the thousands of farmers that make these markets possible and the communities that host them.
 
On a more local level, the Bridgeport farmers market got a visit from WVDA commissioner Walt Helmick. This week's dedication to promoting them is all a part of the USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative.
 
Officials within the organization said strengthening local food systems is one of their four main goals when it comes to building up rural economic development and promoting conservation.
 
"Once we work with people, until they're accustomed to growing products in West Virginia for West Virginians to consume, the fresh movement that's around the country, will hit here. We're moving it. It's moving in the right direction," said Helmick.
 
Shoppers said they like the community feel that shopping locally provides.
 
"We love the fresh vegetables of course, the fresh produce and the unique items. We also come for breakfast every Sunday after church. We have breakfast here and it's a great family day," said Kathy Stump, who visits the market frequently.
 
This's the 15th year for the week-long dedication to recognizing the important role this commerce plays in the agricultural and food economy.

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