Saturday, September 12, 2009

Locally produced food promoted during “Select Michigan” week

Governor Granholm, in celebration of Michigan’s rich agricultural history and farming tradition, has designated September 13-19 as “Select Michigan Week.”

The Governor, in her announcement, noted that there are hundreds of farmers’ markets in communities throughout the state where you can buy fresh produce and other items made in Michigan. By spending just $10 a week on Michigan products, we can keep nearly $40 million circulating in our economy each week. And, that’s not small change.

This coming Thursday's is Michigan’s annual “Select Michigan Day,” designated by the Michigan Legislature to raise awareness about local food and agriculture – Michigan’s second largest industry. More than 200 commodities are grown in Michigan, contributing $71.3 billion to our state’s economy annually and employing more than one million Michigan residents.

The Governor said that selecting Michigan-grown and Michigan-processed foods helps our economy, strengthens Michigan’s family farms, improves the quality of life for our citizens in both rural and urban areas, and preserves the state’s rich and diverse agricultural heritage. She also said locally-grown food is fresher and supports Michigan’s local communities by improving the economic, environmental, and social well-being of those communities and the state.

Ann Arbor enjoys a top-notch farmers market. The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market opened 90 years ago downtown, and has been an Ann Arbor destination for almost a century, providing fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, jam, and many other local produce to residents.
Many families enjoy walking to the farmer’s market on Saturdays from their Ann Arbor home or downtown Ann Arbor condo to buy fresh produce.

The farmer’s market is open year round on Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May through December, and from 8 a.m. to 3 pm. January through April.

Image courtesy Flickr: Dunbar Gardens

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