Delaware Grown Week Launches in Sussex County
SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- The First State's fresh produce and other agricultural goods are at the center of a new statewide campaign.
Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse launched "Delaware Grown" week at the Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market on Tuesday. It's the fourth year celebrating the week, which highlights locally grown food and even products like Christmas trees.
Secretary Scuse says the state's largest industry is important for myriad reasons, aside from food production.
"It creates thousands of jobs right here in Delaware and it's about the open spaces we still have left here in Delaware that agriculture provides," he says. "The great environment that agriculture provides for our citizens here [and] the wildlife habitats that our farmers provide."
This year, "Delaware Grown" week includes a new website, with recipes tailored for fresh produce and an interactive farmers market map. Delaware Grown week was launched in 2015, sponsored by State Rep. Lyndon Yearick. Yearick says one of the week's goals is to increase relationships between farmers and locals.
"Fresher food translates into better nutrition, better taste, and the potential for creating healthier eating habits," Yearick says. "When consumers spend their food dollars locally, they support Delaware's family farms and spur our economic activity."
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