By Lois Heyman
My Central Jersey
RARITAN TOWNSHIP — The Dvoor Farm served as a backdrop Thursday for farmers and others who came to participate in a kickoff event of the upcoming state and national Farmers Market Week.
Gov. Chris Christie has proclaimed Sunday through Aug. 7 as Farmers Market Week in New Jersey, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has designated the following week as National Farmers Market Week.
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher, U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Regional Administrator Yvette Jackson and other state, county and local officials chose Thursday to visit the Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance’s Dvoor Farmers Market to celebrate the bounty of New Jersey’s farms and to emphasize the environmental and nutritional benefits of eating locally. The market is one of 143 community farmers markets in the state.
“Most of the produce here is picked within 24 hours of being sold here, so you know you’re getting fresh fruits and vegetables,” Fisher said. “You can feel good when you come here, knowing you’re supporting local farmers. There’s a tremendous amount of pride here.” Eating locally also helps protect the environment, he said, by reducing the miles a meal travels between farm and fork, lessening fuel consumption.
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