Dept. of Agriculture Celebrates National Farmers Market Week August 14 on St. John

The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and its partners invite the entire public to celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, which will be observed August 7 through 13.

National Farmers’ Market Week is intended to promote awareness of farmers’ markets and their contributions to the development of local food supply systems, including the agricultural and economic revitalization of local communities. Farmers’ markets also provide important outlets for producers and create opportunities for farmers and consumers to interact.

As part of this year’s observance, farmers’ market activities will be hosted throughout the territory. On St. John the market will be on Sunday, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Lumber Yard Complex.

“We are proud to participate in these public/private sector collaborations,” said DOA Commissioner Louis Petersen. “These partnerships help to leverage resources for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and the community in general. Furthermore, this initiative provides the ideal way to observe National Farmers’ Market Week and National Health Center Week.”

Petersen also commended private sector efforts on St. John to promote the marketing of local farm products and encouraged the public to support the farmers’ market during the month of August on St. John.

Persons interested in participating in the St. John activity should contact Karen Samuel at 340-626-0725.