United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has proclaimed Aug. 1-7 National Farmers’ Market Week.

“Farmers’ markets are good for you for health, good for your community, and good for the economy” said Stacy Miller, executive director of the Farmers Market Coalition, a nonprofit supporting farmers’ markets across the country. “During Farmers’ Market Week, we invite everyone to celebrate the freshest foods from America’s most entrepreneurial farmers by supporting their local farmers’ markets.”

This year marks the 11th annual National Farmers’ Market Week. Since the USDA began declaring National Farmers’ Market Week 10 years ago, the number of farmers’ markets has almost doubled, from 2,863 markets in 2000 to 5,274 in 2009. According to the USDA, there are now approximately 6,000 farmers’ markets operating in the country.

Down East Business Alliance hosts the Maine Farmers’ Market Convention each year. DBA is heavily involved in working with farmers’ markets throughout the state. “Business trends show that buying local is not only a popular choice, but one that has tremendous impact on the region” stated Jeff Ackerman of the Down East Business Alliance. “Buying at farmers’ markets is as local as it gets.”

There is a total of 69 markets in the state of Maine. While some are new this year and others have been around for more than two decades, they all provide a variety of locally grown produce and products. For a statewide listing, visit http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets.

Some markets listed for Waldo County are:

Belfast

Belfast Farmers’ Market

Front Street

May 7 – October 29
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Web site: belfastfarmersmarket.org/

Freedom

Mothers Moon Farmstand
230 Belfast Road

July 17 – Nov.18

Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Baked goods, cheese, crafts and woodworking items, flowers, herbs, jams jellies and preserves, vegetables, yogurt.

Contact: Dawnella Sutton

Phone: 382-3126
E-mail: mothersmoon@fairpoint.net

Liberty/Montville

Liberty-Montville Farmers’ Market

Mid-May – October

Tuesdays, 3:30-6 p.m., at the Corner Restaurant parking lot, intersection of routes 3 and 220.

Lincolnville

Lincolnville Farmers’ Market
2531 U.S. Route 1

Spring and summer, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact: Jospeh Corrado
Phone / Fax: 930-0000
Web site: lincolnvillefarmersmkt.org/

Monroe

Monroe Farmers’ Market
At the intersection of routes139 and 141

May 29 – Sept. 25

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Baked goods, crafts and woodworking items, flowers, fresh fruit, herbs, meat or poultry, plants, vegetables.

Contact: Martha Goodale

Phone: 525-3532
E-mail: goodwight@gmail.com

Searsmont

Searsmont Farmers’ Market

Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 7 a.m.to noon, in the old Town Hall parking lot across from the Post Office on Main Street.

Searsport

Searsport Farmers’ Market

June – October

Wednedays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Hamilton Town Wharf on Steamboat Avenue.

Contact: Dick Desmarais, 548-2868

E-mail: radiosearsport@aol.com

Swanville

Swanville Farmers’ Market
Route 141/Swan Lake Avenue

Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact: Irene Johnson

Phone / Fax: (338-289

Unity

Unity Market Day Farmers’ Market
Unity Community Center

May 1 – Nov. 20

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Baked goods, cheese, flowers, fresh fruit, herbs, honey, jams jellies and preserves, maple syrup or maple products, meat or poultry, milk or cream, other processed foods, plants, prepared food, vegetables.

Contact: Lois Labbe

Phone: 487-5056
E-Mail: lois@snakeroot.net
Web site: unitymarketday.org