Governor Markell highlights local produce week in his weekly message
Governor Jack Markell praised Delaware’s inaugural Local Produce Week in his weekly message.
Markell referenced community events across the state that were part of that statewide celebration, from an urban farm in Wilmington to a farmer’s market in Rehoboth Beach. He says these events showcased the quality of summer’s crops in Delaware, like local sweet corn, blueberries and watermelon.
He also singled out Lewes Dairy Farms, a family-run operation renowned for high quality products, as an example of the economic boon agriculture provides for the state.
"Farming in the First State is a multi-billion dollar industry, with a total impact of nearly 8 billion dollars," said Markell. "Supporting local farmers and enjoying the fruits of their labor, means you get to enjoy some of the freshest products possible, while continuing to support one of the oldest industries in our state.”
He added that farmers in the First State are some of the most dedicated in the country.
Full text of Gov. Markell's weekly message:
The summer months are prime time for some of Delaware's most delicious, farm-fresh bounty: from blueberries and sweet corn to peaches and watermelon. And with more than 220 farm families in our state growing produce, the options for what to enjoy and where to get it are plentiful, as evidenced by the four and a half million dollars’ worth of food they sell directly to consumers each year.
Earlier this week, we celebrated their efforts by recognizing Local Produce Week. Events held across the state: at Fifer Orchards near Camden, the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market, and the 12th and Brandywine Urban Farm in Wilmington, were meant to showcase the quality of the products our farm families grow, along with the tremendous impact their businesses have on our economy.
They are part of a larger agricultural network in Delaware, strengthened by the more than 2,400 farmers statewide. They join family farmers like Lewes Dairy Farm, here in Sussex County. One of just a few family-owned dairies in Delaware, Lewes Dairy Farm is known for its freshness and quality of its products, processing 30,000 gallons of milk each week and more than a million pounds of milk per month.
Our Delaware family farmers are the most dedicated and productive in our country and their hard work has a tremendous impact on our economy. Farming in the First State is a multi-billion industry, with a total impact of nearly $8 billion. Supporting local farmers and enjoying the fruits of their labor means you get to enjoy some of the freshest products possible, while continuing to support one of the oldest industries in our state and that will keep Delaware moving forward.