FIRST LADY, AG SECRETARY PROMOTE FARMERS MARKETS


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FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA SAYS NEIGHBORHOOD FARMERS
MARKETS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART IN ANY COMMUNITY.
SPEAKING AT A NEW FARMERS MARKET NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE,
THE FIRST LADY SAID FARMERS MARKETS HELP
BRING HEALTHY FOOD TO ALL AMERICANS.
First Lady Michelle Obama: Farmers markets are a simple
yet major ingredient in solving access issues
in many communities.
And for those who think that fresh fruits and
vegetables are out of their reach financially
this market and other farmers market participate
in the WIC program, the SNAP program,
the Double Dollar program and the Seniors Benefits program.
THE FIRST LADY SAID THAT FARMERS MARKETS HELP FAMILY
FARMERS EARN A LIVING AND REMAIN A PART OF U-S AGRICULTURE.
Michelle Obama: These farmers provide a critically
important role in feeding this nation.
Small and mid-sized farmers grow the fruits
and vegetables that we find on our supermarket
shelves as well as at farmers markets and they are an
important part of creating a healthier environment,
healthier communities and healthier families.
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK USED THE OCCASION
TO PROMOTE U-S-D-A'S KNOW YOUR FARMER,
KNOW YOUR FOOD INITIATIVE THAT AIMS TO BUILD
STRONGER LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS.
Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary: The truth is that
every single American family needs a farmer.
I want you to think about that.
Everyone needs a farmer.
And we hope that know your farmer,
know your food will initiate and begin a
national conversation where we all learn more
about where our food comes from,
how it gets to our plate and how hard our farmers work.
NATIONALLY, THE NUMBER OF FARMERS MARKETS HAS JUMPED
FROM ABOUT SEVENTEEN HUNDRED FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
TO FORTY SEVEN HUNDRED TODAY.
IN WASHINGTON D-C FOR THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
I'M BOB ELLISON.