Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed Aug. 5-11 Farmers’ Market Week, as the Oregon Farmers Markets Association gears up to celebrate the National Farmers’ Market Week for the first time.
While farmers market week has been celebrated on a local and national level for several years, Kelly Crane, the program director for Oregon Farmers Markets Association, said this is the first time the association has organized anything on the state level.
“Farmers’ markets in Oregon have been celebrating this week on their own” for several years and planning their own festivities, she said.
The idea behind the week of festivities is to bring attention to the impact of farmers’ markets and educate the public on those impacts, Crane said.
“This week is meant to celebrate those impacts and educate the public on those impacts,” Crane said. “I think that sometimes farmer’s markets can be trivialized a little.”
According to Crane, farmers’ markets are fun and they are a big part of community and culture, however, the economic impacts of the markets are often overlooked.
However, she said, in the U.S. there is about 3 billion spent on farm-direct products and roughly $2 billion is from farmers’ markets.
“This is real business,” Crane said.