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Alaska Market Beet:

News for and by Alaska's Farmers Market Community!

August 1st-7th, 2021
by Governor Mike Dunleavy of Alaska


WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaimed the first National farmers market Week in 1999 and it was created to bring awareness regarding local efforts nationwide for producers to sell directly to customers; and

WHEREAS, a farmers market is an organized assembly of food producers or their representatives who gather to provide local and regional wares directly to the consumer. USDA estimates that farmers markets have quadrupled over the last 30 years; and

WHEREAS Alaska farmers, anglers, and ranchers provide access to healthy, regionally-produced foods through farmers markets, which are evolving to accommodate the demand for a diverse array of farm-to-table products and increasing the stability of food security throughout Alaska, and

WHEREAS farmers markets and other agricultural direct marketing outlets provide infrastructure to assist in the distribution of farm and value-added products, contributing over  $4.5 million to the Alaskan economy in direct-to-consumer sales, and

WHEREAS farmers markets serve as significant outlets where a range of producers, including small to medium, new  and veteran agricultural producers to market products that generating revenue supporting the sustainability of family farms and the revitalization of rural communities, and

WHEREAS the state of Alaska recognizes the importance of expanding agricultural marketing opportunities that assist and encourage the next generation of farmers, anglers, and ranchers; to generate income that stimulates business development and job creation; building community connections through rural and urban links; and;

NOW, THEREFORE,  I, Mike Dunleavy, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim August 1-7, 2021, as Farmers Market Week in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the economic contributions of Alaska’s farmers, producers, growers, and small businesses to the local communities, and to enjoy the abundance of quality Alaska grown food sources by seeking out and patronizing farmers markets.
Many thanks to everyone who's helped make this proclamation happen:
  • Governor Mike Dunleavy
  • Alaska Development Team
  • Rep. Geran Tarr and Rep. Liz Synder
  • National Farmers Market Coalition
  • Alaska Farm Bureau 
  • Alaska Farmland Trust
  • Alaska Food Policy Council
  • Alaska Division of Agriculture
Check out our resources webpage here!
REMINDER! National Farmers Market Week is quickly approaching and we want to ensure you have all the tools you need to be part of the celebration!

We've included many of the graphics in this email, so feel free to download them or right-click and copy them straight to your computer from this email–whatever feels easiest to you! We know that it can be a lot of work to plan a festive week like this, so our friends at the Farmers Market Coalition are offering plenty of resources, tools, and fun activities of our own for market managers, vendors, and attendees alike to use for planning and participating in National Farmers Market Week! The FMC put together a toolkit (linked below) where you can find social media templates and graphics for your markets online presence.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week (Aug 1-7)

Show your pride and support of Alaska's vibrant farmers markets, all year round. ORDER t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies here

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Grab the graphic above and update your Facebook banner to let everyone know about National Farmers Market Week!

Find an editable Canva template for your social media through the following button, and make sure to use #FarmersMarketsAreEssential with all of your Farmers Market Week posts to share in the fun! Your template will say "Our market is essential because..." rather than "Our state association is essential because..." like the example below!
Social Media Graphic Template
Download the entire FMC National Farmers Market Week Toolkit–in addition to social media graphics and a local proclamation template, find ideas for social media posts, fun contests and games, and more!
FMC National Farmers Market Week Toolkit
Graphics to save and share:
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