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Look for this Label at Local Farmers Markets and Farm Stands for
Fresh, Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables

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The American tradition of the family farm is in danger of fading away as there are now less than a million people in the U.S. that claim their primary occupation to be farming.  This represents a loss of almost 5 million farms since 1935.  Family farms, exhibiting self-sufficiency, are the foundation of our rural communities.  Communities benefit from the local farmers as they purchase their goods from local merchants and provide jobs which enhance the local economy.  This produces a winning combination for all.

Usually sold within 24 hours of being harvested, fruits and vegetables produced locally are fresher and taste better than produce which has been shipped for a long period of time.  Statistics show that produce purchased in supermarkets may have been shipped from distant states and countries traveling an average of 1,300 miles for as many as 7 to 14 days.  When eaten at the height of ripeness, one reaps the benefits of the exceptional flavor and nutrients of the produce.

You can do your part to ensure that there will be farms in your community in the future and that for generations to come there will be abundant and nourishing food.  It’s as easy as buying fresh and buying local.  LOOK FOR THE LABEL and TASTE THE DIFFERENCE. 

Shop at your local farmers markets or farm stands where you will find the freshest food available.  One is probably near you as there are more than 93 farmers markets and 175 farm stands in Alabama.  Also, encouraging your local restaurants and grocery stores to purchase from local farmers will be of benefit to you and your community. 

Attention Farmers  

If you are interested in participating in this
Buy Fresh, Buy Local marketing program, please contact: 

  Don Wambles, Director
Farmers Market Authority
RSA Plaza, Suite 330
770 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL  36130

(334) 242-2618

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