National Farmers Market Week

Event Date

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
Event Location
West End Farmers Market in Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria

At the West End Farmers Market in Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has proclaimed August 7-13, 2011 as National Farmers Market Week. In celebration, the market will include:

  • MAGICIAN David Meneses from 11 a.m. - Noon
  • Fun Balloon Twisting by Pam
  • Face painting by Rain Young
  • Martial arts demonstration by Kathy and Mike from Potomac Tempo at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Canning demonstrations by Lucy and Bonita Bolden of Eden Good at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.'
  • "How to incorporate fresh fruit & vegetables into every meal" cooking demonstration by Brenda Coleman, Health Coach of Sow. Harvest. Share at 11 a.m.
  • Philip Blalock, Executive Director of the National Association of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m.

NAFMNP is the nation’s only organization that links States, the District of Columbia, Indian Tribal Organizations, Territories and others with a stake in USDA’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs (including local fruit and vegetable growers and low-income families and seniors) with a shared mission to ensuring that farmers throughout the United States have an expanded opportunity to sell their fresh produce directly to the public through their local farmers’ markets. In 2010, their efforts resulted in an average of $2,800 of additional income each for more than 16,000 farmers.