Aug 1, 2014
Did You Know?By Tim Hodson

This week is National Farmers Market Week.

This is the 15th year that the United States Department of Agriculture has officially recognized farmers markets. In June, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued an official proclamation declaring Aug. 3 to Aug 9, as National Farmers Week and he “encourage[d] the American people to celebrate farmers markets with appropriate observances and activities.”

Many greenhouse growers have begun taking advantage of farmers markets to sell their products directly to consumers. These farmers markets offer consumers fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the grower. They also offer additional market opportunities for local producers, especially smaller or newer operations.

“National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide,” Vilsack said.

Does your company particpate in farmers markets? What types of products are you selling? Edibles? Annuals? Perennials? Cut flowers? What kind of feedback do you get at these markets? Drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know.

The Place to Be

Don’t forget, GPN’s inaugural Plant Health Management Conference will take place Oct. 7, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

If you are looking for solutions to growing healthier and more profitable plants then the Grand Rapids Hilton is the place to be.

To learn more about the program, please visit

– Tim

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Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at thodson[email protected]

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