Farmers Market Week scheduled for Aug. 5-11

Farmers markets are being recognized across Washington from Aug. 5-11.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, the state Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association are recognizing the support of farmers and consumers as part of Farmers Market Week.

Last year, shoppers made almost 1.8 million trips to experience Washington's 160 farmers markets and buy locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and specialty food products.

Farmers markets belonging to the state association, including the Southridge Farmers Market in Kennewick, Market at The Parkway in Richland and the Prosser Farmers Market, reported $39.6 million in sales last year, a slight increase from 2010.

For more information, go to www.wafarmersmarkets.com.

The Pasco Farmers Market, which has chosen to be a self-insured market, is not a member of the state association, said Pasco manager Mike Somerville.