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From the Farm to the Table

Program Produced: June 2013

Sponsored By:

The Alabama Farmers Market Authority   

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Overview

The Farmers Market Authority (FMA) is a state agency established to assist in the marketing of agricultural products by providing information, leadership, and modern facilities necessary to move agricultural products from the farm to the consumer. This assures the consumer a better quality product at a reasonable price and a fair return to the producer by providing a convenient, dependable place through which producers and buyers may carry on the process of marketing.

In 1999, there were only 17 farmers markets in Alabama. In 2013 this number will have swelled to over 140. In the early 2000s, the FMA implemented the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs and the Buy Fresh Buy Local advertising campaign. Both are now the driving forces behind the spike in popularity of farmers markets in Alabama. The FMA not only provides an economic impact across Alabama to the local farmers, but to communities as well.

Part 1: Where Does Your Food Come From?

(5 minutes)

Visit two Alabama farms to learn about the hard work and dedication it takes to produce the food we consume.

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Part 2: Buying Local at the Farmers Market

(5 minutes)

Learn about the growth and popularity of Alabama farmers markets. Visit the The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers Market in Montgomery and meet some of the friendly customers of one of the best markets in Alabama.

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Part 3: Enjoying the Family Meal

(2 minutes)

Discover how one Alabama family prepares and enjoys a delicious meal together with their Farmers Market purchases.

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Part 4: Cooking with Chef Vanessa

(7 minutes)

School Chef Vanessa Boyd and her assistant, Director of the FMA, Don Wambles, prepare two dishes with purchases from the Farmers Market for students at Highland Gardens Elementary School in Montgomery.

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Additional Resources

Resources              

Alabama Farmers Market Authority 

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