Governor, state reps launch inaugural ‘Local Produce Week’

CAMDEN – Governor Jack Markell, Delaware Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee, State Rep. Lyndon Yearick (R-Dover South) and members of two prominent farm families launched Delaware’s inaugural Local Produce Week on Monday.

Gov. Jack Markell signs a gubernatorial proclamation at Fifer Orchards near Camden declaring the week of July 13-17, Delaware Local Produce Week. Joining the governor was state Rep. William Carson, Rep. Lyndon Yearick, Rep. Harvey Kenton, Mary Fennemore, Rep. Dave Wilson, and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee.

Gov. Jack Markell signs a gubernatorial proclamation at Fifer Orchards near Camden declaring the week of July 13-17, Delaware Local Produce Week. Joining the governor was state Rep. William Carson, Rep. Lyndon Yearick, Rep. Harvey Kenton, Mary Fennemore, Rep. Dave Wilson, and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee.

Gov. Markell signed a proclamation at Fifer Orchards, west of Camden, marking the start of a series of events over the next three days to encourage Delawareans to buy and eat locally produced fruits and vegetables.

 

State Rep. Yearick, who represents the Camden area, recently sponsored bipartisan legislation (Concurrent Resolution 41) to promote the benefits of bringing Delaware consumers and farmers closer together.

Domestically produced food in the U.S. often travels hundreds of miles to reach its final destination.  In recent years, a “Buy Local – Eat Local” movement has been gaining momentum on the strength of several positive aspects.  Consumers benefit by getting fresher, more nutritious and better-tasting food; keeping sales and production close to home energizes the local economy; and reducing “food miles” – the distance food travels between the farm and consumers’ plates – means using less energy and creating less pollution.

Members of the Fifer & Fennemore families, the operators of Fifer Orchards, took part in the event that they hosted.

Fifer Orchards is a diversified agricultural business, illustrating the many ways consumers can access farm fresh produce.  In addition to being a major producer of peaches, it also includes a U-pick produce business, an on-site farm market and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that provides shareholders with boxes of fresh produce at regular intervals during peak growing seasons.

There are about 100 on-site farmstands throughout the state, and about two dozen community-run farmers’ markets.  Additionally, 20 farms allow patrons to harvest their own fruits and vegetables.

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