ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed August 5-11, 2012, as “Farmers Market Week” in Minnesota to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the agricultural products farmers provide.
Minnesota has more than 155 farmers markets that offer farm-fresh, healthful products and provide an important opportunity for consumers and farmers to interact.
To kick off the week, Minnesota state agency commissioners and employees will participate in a Minnesota Grown Challenge this Friday, August 3, at the new Capitol Farmers Market in St. Paul. Teams will compete for a traveling trophy by correctly identifying produce grown in Minnesota.
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says he expects his Department of Agriculture team to win the Minnesota Grown Challenge, hands down.
“I’m a former farmer and native Minnesotan and I challenge any of my fellow commissioners or agency employees to bring it on – and try to take the trophy,” said Frederickson. “I may have to brush up on various herbs and greens, but my team will be ready.”
The public is invited to attend the Minnesota Grown Challenge at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 3, at the Capitol Farmers Market located south of the State Capitol along Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Consumers can shop the market from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. that day.
Many farmers markets throughout the state are hosting special events and giving out prizes during Farmers Market Week. Contact your local farmers market to find out more or find farmers market locations at www.minnesotagrown.com.