- Category: News
- Published: Monday, 03 August 2015 14:19
- Written by Larry Lewis
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Salt Lake City, Utah – Utah is celebrating National Farmers Market Week by sponsoring an Instagram contest for Utah’s Own companies. Utah has more than 800 local companies and product manufacturers that participate in the Utah’s Own program. The public is encouraged to visit a farmers market between August 2nd and 8th and take a picture of a Utah’s Own vender and share it on Instagram. The vendor could win a Utah’s Own sponsorship and the photographer could win a valuable gift bag.
“This is an excellent way to introduce farmers market shoppers to our Utah’s Own companies,” said Wayne Bradshaw, UDAF Director of Marketing and Economic Development. “Our farmers markets are a wonderful place for people to purchase fresh, wholesome and delicious foods delivered directly from the fields, “he added.
The number of farmers markets in Utah has grown from seven in 2001 to more 45 today. All direct-to-consumer farm sales in Utah generate more than $16 in revenue for Utah farmers and the state’s economy. Visit: www.ag.utah.gov for a complete list of farmers markets in Utah.
Nationally there are more than 3,700 farmers markets operating throughout the United States – a record number, up from the initial count in 1994 of 1,755. The USDA estimates that local food sales from farmers markets, food hubs, CSAs, farm stands and farm to schools programs have grown from about $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014.
Contact: Wayne Bradshaw (801) 538-7108
Larry Lewis (801) 538-7104
Cell (801) 514-2152
posted: August 3, 2015