USDA Under Secretary Visits Local Markets

July 19, 2012 | By More

The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Farmers Markets hosted US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary Ed Avalos on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

Secretary Avalos was born into a farming family in California and later moved to New Mexico. He is now responsible for farming-related programs in USDA, including the Farmers Market Promotion Program. Avalos came to this area to see Virginia markets that were recommended as progressive and innovative for the benefit of sellers and consumers. He did not have extensive knowledge of the token program when he arrived and quickly learned about its use and value to patrons and producers alike. Avalos was impressed with the quality and diversity of the products in both markets, and with the background and work ethic of the farmers. He was right at home talking with the sellers about their backgrounds, the items for sale, and their farming practices. He purchased a few items for his table in both markets, including chile peppers and cheese to stuff them with. He anticipates regular visits to VA, DC, and MD farmers markets in the future.

Fore more on his trip to Virginia, check out the following:

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Category: Events, Grants and Initiatives, Market Publicity

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Gayle Mitchell is a Market Manager for the Fredericksburg CIty Farmers Market. She grew up on small farms in Arkansas and Virginia. She has called Fredericksburg home for more than 20 years.