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Attending Michigan farmers markets encouraged by Granholm

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Michigan's governor is encouraging people to visit farmers markets in the state.
Michigan's governor is encouraging people to visit farmers markets in the state.

For a little over a year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has tried to promote locally grown foods through the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm encouraged the same thing in her state during her weekly radio address. She noted that agriculture generates $71 billion every year for the state's economy and helps give 1 million people jobs.

"When you purchase locally produced food, you're helping to support Michigan farmers who provide beautiful and productive open spaces and habitat, contribute to our tax base and employ local workers," Granholm said.

The state will try and do its part with two farmers markets that will be held on the lawn of the state Capitol on July 22 and September 16. There are roughly 200 community farmers markets across the state.

If Granholm's suggestion takes root, people may be able to share their experiences through a new blog set up for the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program. Along with success stories, the site will give tips that may help growers and consumers alike.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19899050-ADNFCR

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