Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Coming Soon -- National Farmers' Market Week

Now that more and more crops are coming in, it's definitely time to head out to your local farmers' market.

In fact, soon it will be National Farmers' Market Week.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed a proclamation in July declaring Aug. 7-13 as "National Farmers Market Week." This year marks the 17th annual National Farmers Market Week to honor and celebrate the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.

"Farmers markets are an important part of strong local and regional food systems that connect farmers with new customers and grow rural economies. In many areas, they are also expanding access to fresh, healthy food for people of all income levels," said Vilsack. "National Farmers Market Week recognizes the growth of these markets and their role in supporting both urban and rural communities."

Throughout the week, USDA officials will celebrate at farmers market locations across the country. 

On Saturday, Aug. 6, Elanor Starmer, the Administrator of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – which conducts research, provides technical assistance, and awards grants to support local and regional food systems – will kick off the week visiting a farmers market and wrap up the week at USDA's own farmers market in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Aug. 12.

"Farmers markets are a gathering place where you can buy locally produced food, and at the same time, get to know the farmer and story behind the food you purchase," said Starmer. "These types of markets improve earning potential for farmers and ranchers, building stronger community ties and access to local foods."

Monday, July 25, 2016

It's National Hot Fudge Sundae Day!!

It's appropriate that during National Ice Cream Month that we'd also celebrate today -- which is National Hot Fudge Sundae day.

For me, there really doesn't have to be a day to celebrate ice cream sundaes because I could eat one every day of the year. Of course, my waistline would show it.

But anyway, let's have a hot fudge sundae today. 

According to the National Day Calendar website, on National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, "we feast on this delicious ice cream dessert that combines hot and cold with a cherry on top. Celebrated July 25, this tasty treat has been served since 1906."

Roadsideamerica.com states the hot fudge sundae was invented in Hollywood as an offshoot of the regular ice cream sundae.

"As a variant of the popular early 20th century ice cream sundae treat, Hollywood claims the birthright for the hot fudge version. The original C. C. Brown's ice cream shop is no longer there, having been converted into one of the many souvenir shops that line this section of the street."