Sheridan Farmers Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 6-12. The Sheridan Farmers Market will have over 30 vendors, youth activities, refreshments and music.

As the demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches.

The Sheridan Farmers Market began in 2000 and currently hosts 30 vendors selling a wide variety of products.  Last year the Sheridan Farmers Market generated $91,189 for these local producers, a valuable economic boost for the region.

 “Farmers markets play a vital role not just in generating real income for farmers, but in forming a healthy, prosperous food systems,” says Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture and sharing recipes and new foods with their neighbors. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier.”

“Sheridan Farmers Market: Building Healthy Lives and a Healthy Community”