August 5th-11, 2018
By Sherman Hiatt Mayor of Charleston
WHEREAS Charleston, Arkansas farmers and ranchers provide citizen with access to healthful, locally, and regionally produced foods through farmers markets, which are expanding and evolving to accommodate the demand for a diverse array of agricultural products, and
WHEREAS farmers markets and other agricultural direct marketing outlets provide infrastructure to assist in the distribution of farm and value-added products, thereby contributing approximately $9 billion each year to the U.S. economy, and
WHEREAS farmers markets serve as significant outlets by which small-to-medium, new and beginning, and veteran agricultural producers market agricultural products, generating revenue that supports the sustainability of family farms and the revitalization of rural communities nationwide, and
WHEREAS the Mayor of Charleston, Arkansas recognizes the importance of expanding agricultural marketing opportunities that assist and encourage the next generation of farmers and ranchers; generate farm income to help stimulate business development and job creation; build community connections through rural and urban linkages; and more;
NOW, THEREFORE, to further awareness of farmers markets’ contributions to Charleston Arkansas’ life, I, Sherman Hiatt, Mayor of Charleston, do hereby proclaim the week of August 5-11, 2018, as Charleston Arkansas Farmers Market Week, in conjunction with the observance of National Farmers Market Week. I call upon Charleston citizens to celebrate farmers markets with appropriate observance and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 27th day of July 2018, the two-hundred forty-second year of the Independence of the United States of America.
Mayor of Charleston