How well do you love the Sitka Farmers Market? You can show your love by clicking this link and pledging to spend at least $10 at the next Sitka Farmers Market as part of the “I Love My Farmers Market” celebration sponsored by the American Farmland Trust.
According to the American Farmland Trus:
AFT’s I Love My Farmers Market Celebration is raising national awareness about local farmers markets and putting money directly in the pockets of family farmers.
Throughout the celebration, consumers will pledge dollars they intend to spend at their local farmers markets. A pledge is a commitment to spend $10 at your farmers market. Pledges can be cast once a day, and farmers market shoppers can pledge to support more than one farmers market.
Each week, one lucky participant and their favorite farmer will receive a free No Farms No Food® hat.
The 2013 celebration started on May 28 and will end at midnight EST on Sept. 9.
The Farmers Market Coalition, which provides technical resources for farmers markets and sponsors National Farmers Market Week on Aug. 4-10, recently released a report about the benefits of farmers markets. Some of the findings included:
- There were more than 7,800 farmers markets in the US in 2012—an increase of nearly 10% in just one year.
- For every $100 spent at a farmers market, $62 stays in the local economy, and $99 stays in-state.
- People who shop at farmers markets have 15-20 social interactions per visit, while they would only have one or two at the grocery store.
There will be six Sitka Farmers Markets this year. The first one took place on Saturday, July 6, and the next Sitka Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall (235 Katlian St.). The other Sitka Farmers Markets will be on Saturdays, Aug. 3, 17, 31, and Sept. 14.