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August 1-7 recognized as National Farmers Market Week

Summer brings fresh produce and Tennessee is highlighting peak season during National Farmers Market Week Aug. 1-7, 2021.

“Farmers markets offer a variety of fresh, healthy, and delicious products,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Supporting local growers benefits the local economy, the grower and producer, as well as the consumer since produce travels a shorter distance to reach the buyer.”

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Pick Tennessee Products program will mark National Farmers Market Week by lighting the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Cumberland River in Nashville. The night of Aug. 2 the bridge was lit green to recognize Pick Tennessee Products and the impact of farmers markets in Tennessee.

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“Our customers often meet the person who grew or raised the product they’re buying,” Jonesboro Farmers Market Manager Emily Lamb said. “In addition to healthy foods, we started Farm, Fresh, Fit, a program that offers tokens for customers who walk a mile and then use the tokens to buy produce.”

Many Tennessee farmers markets offer live music, flower arrangements, and food trucks in addition to the traditional seasonal produce. Some markets allow SNAP and EBT benefits on certain days. Check with your local market for information on food assistance programs.

Pick Tennessee Products is the perfect connection to a farmers market near you. There are currently 156 farmers markets listed on the Pick Tennessee Products website and mobile app. Markets are encouraged to apply for this free listing at Follow @PickTNProducts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for seasonal updates and information about farm-related events, activities, and products.

There are 4 farmers markets located in Coffee County:

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-Coffee County Farmers Market: 216 E Fort St., Manchester

-Farmers Market Tullahoma: 404 South Jackson St., Tullahoma

-Manchester Locally Grown: 251 Interstate Dr., Manchester

-Tullahoma Farmers Market: 705 Wilson Ave., Tullahoma

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