First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear Commemorates Farmers’ Market Week

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 05, 2008  
Contact Information:  Susan Rieber

Farmers’ Market to be held annually on Capitol grounds

FRANKFORT, KY – Today, First Lady Jane Beshear and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer joined together in commemorating Farmers’ Market Week at the Lexington Farmers’ Market in Fayette County. Farmers’ Market week is being celebrated August 2-9 at markets across the Commonwealth including special events where customers can enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and other attractions.

Mrs. Beshear also announced her plan to host a farmer’s market on the Capitol grounds annually. This comes after the great success of the farmer’s market hosted by Mrs. Beshear this past June located on the Capitol grounds. The market attracted twenty-two vendors from Franklin County and surrounding areas and offered a variety of fruits, vegetables and other Kentucky Proud products.

“With the rising cost of fuel, food, and energy now more than ever we need to support our local farmers and rural economy,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Across Kentucky, there are over 120 farmers’ markets providing access to fresh, locally grown products for consumers and giving farmers an outlet for their Kentucky Proud products. I urge all Kentuckians to visit their local markets throughout the year.”

The combined efforts of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is helping provide excellent support for farmers’ markets and is contributing significantly to their growth in numbers and sales.

For the 2008 season, farmers’ markets estimated gross sales are over $8 million.  To date, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Governor Beshear, approved over 60 farmers’ market applications for marketing, promotion and construction of facilities totaling over $3 million.