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Press Release

Release Date: August 08, 2006
by Kerri McDonald

ADA, Okla. – The Chickasaw Nation joins U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in proclaiming August 6-12 “National Farmers Market Week.”

As part of the nationwide celebration, Chickasaw Nation WIC (Women, Infants & Children) clinics and nutrition centers in Ada, Ardmore and Purcell will be holding a drawing at each location for adult and youth prize baskets that will be awarded at the end of the week.

Chickasaw Nation Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coordinator Jennifer Hayes encourages patrons to visit their local site throughout the week to learn more about the program and sign up for the give-a-ways.

The number of farmers markets in the United States has grown dramatically in recent years, prompting local, regional and national advocates of local farming to designate a week each year to take note of their benefits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports more than 3,700 farmers markets currently operate throughout the nation – a record number, up from the initial count in 1994 of 1,755. Sales generated by farmers markets have been estimated to exceed $1 billion a year, with most of the money going directly to small family farmers.

For more information about the Chickasaw Nation Farmers Market program or to find the WIC clinic or nutrition center near you, contact Nutrition Services at (888) 436-7255.