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Commissioner Black announces 2014 Farmers Market Tour

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Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 20, 2014

Commissioner Black announces 2014 Farmers Market Tour

Commissioner Gary W. Black announced today that he will recognize Governor Nathan Deal’s proclamation of Farmers Market Week in Georgia with a Farmers Market Tour throughout the state June 21-28. The tour will include visits to community and state farmers markets in Snellville, Atlanta, Milledgeville, Athens, Warner Robins and Gainesville, ending with the Georgia Grown Farmers Showcase at the Atlanta State Farmers Market on Saturday, June 28. This tour will promote the growth of farmers markets across the state, while encouraging people to purchase locally.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture markets division administers nine State Farmers Markets which form the network for sales of fruits and vegetables throughout Georgia, as well as the southeast. These facilities maintain a viable market for Georgia farmers and farm products in the communities where they are located. Georgia’s State Farmers Markets are responsible for over one billion dollars in sales each year.

In addition to State Farmers Markets, Georgia is also home to a large number of thriving community farmers markets. These markets provide an opportunity for farmers to sell directly to their neighbors and are often operated by non-profits or local governments. Throughout the state, these community markets generate $30 million in revenue.

“Through the Farmers Market Tour, we hope to spotlight Georgia’s thriving state and community farmers markets, and the positive impact that these markets have on our local economy,” said Commissioner Black. “Farmers Markets allow consumers not only to pick up some fresh, locally grown produce, but the chance to get to know the local farmers in his or her community.”

To find a local farmers market in your area, please visit www.georgiagrown.com.

2014 Farmers Market Tour Schedule


June 21, 2014
Snellville Farmers Market
2342 Oak Rd
Snellville, Georgia 30078
8:00am

June 23, 2014
Sweet Auburn Curb Market
209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
1:00pm

June 24, 2014
Milledgeville Marketplace
222 E Hancock St
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
4:00pm

June 25, 2014
Athens Farmers Market
301 College Ave
Athens, Georgia 30601
4:00pm

June 26, 2014
International City Farmers Market (Warner Robins)
Watson Blvd
Warner Robbins, Georgia 3108
1:00pm

June 27, 2014
Gainesville Farmers Market
734 E Crescent Drive
Gainesville, Georgia 30501
2:30pm

June 28, 2014
Atlanta State Farmers Market
16 Forest Pkwy
Forest Park, Georgia 30297
9:00am-3:00pm

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