Visit the Capitol Thursday for Fresh, Local Food at the Select Michigan
Day Farmers Market


East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan House of Representatives passed a
resolution last week naming Thursday, September 18, 2008 the fourth
annual "Buy Fresh, Buy Local - Select Michigan Day," and to celebrate,
there will be a special "Select Michigan Day" farmers market from 10:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the east lawn of our State Capitol. 


More than fifty local farmers and specialty food producers from across
Michigan are gathering at the Capitol to offer their locally grown,
processed and manufactured products for sale.  Come by to experience the
bounty of Michigan's agricultural harvest and get fruits and vegetables
picked fresh from the field and orchard, eggs, honey, wool products,
grains, cheeses, beans, jams, jellies, baked goods, lamb, Lake Superior
whitefish, flowers, plants, specialty foods, and much more to fill your
bag or basket and take home.


"Plans for this Select Michigan farmers market have been going on for
months, but having the House of Representatives pass this resolution
really speaks to the importance of agriculture and local food to our
state," said Elaine Brown, Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)
Executive Director.


This is the fifth farmers market that MIFFS and the Michigan Department
of Agriculture (MDA) have partnered together to sponsor at the Capitol.
Other market supporters include the Michigan Farmers Market Association
(MIFMA) and the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM), who is kicking off
their Michigan Harvest Gathering that morning at the market.  Vendors
and buyers alike are invited to donate fresh produce at the FBCM booth,
where it will go to food banks serving those in need.  Everyone should
have access to fresh, healthy local food, and this is your opportunity
to help make sure that happens. Learn more at


Along with the House designation of "Buy Fresh, Buy Local - Select
Michigan Day," which was introduced by Representative Goeff Hansen,
Governor Jennifer Granholm is expected to proclaim this week as "Select
Michigan Week" in celebration of Michigan agriculture, as she has done
in past years.  Michigan is the second-most diverse state in
agricultural production in the nation, behind California, offering more
than 200 different agricultural products.  That diversity makes
agriculture one of the strongest industries in the state, and it's
growing all the time.


Buying local food supports local farmers, communities and the economy
and delivers fresher products from within the state with fewer "food
miles" rather than importing product from across the country or abroad.
If every Michigan household spent just $10 per week on Michigan-produced
food, it would generate nearly $40 million each and every week.  And
shopping at farmers markets means connecting with the farmers who
produced your food in your own community. 


For more information about this event or local food, contact MIFFS at
(517) 432-0712 or [log in to unmask]  You can visit us online at <>  to learn more about "Select
Michigan Day" and local food activities around the state, like "Eat
Local" challenges in Lansing, Mount Pleasant, Grand Rapids and
Kalamazoo, the Canton Township Select Michigan Market, the 2008 Grape
Escape in Muskegon and the Southwest Michigan Harvest Festival in Scotts
at Tillers International.  Or visit
<>  to find a farmers market where you
live to celebrate in your own community and household.


The farmers market is sponsored by the Michigan Department of
Agriculture, Michigan Food and Farming Systems, and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, with additional support
from the Michigan Farmers Market Association, the Food Bank Council of
Michigan and Michigan farmers and specialty food producers.




Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)

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