Ag Comm. Issues "Eat Local Challenge"

By John Shryock - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - If you aren't eating local products, now is the time to start says Alabama's Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.

Sparks is issuing an "Eat Local Challenge" to fellow Alabamians in honor of National Farmers Market Week.

Finding a local market to feast your tastebuds on is fairly easy, "Alabama has more than 200 farmers markets and roadside stands that feature fresh Alabama grown products," says Sparks.

In accepting the challenge Sparks believes Alabamians can support local farmers while becoming healthier and stronger.

To become a "localvore" as Sparks calls them, simply visit the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries' website at Once there, you'll find daily tips to help you get started.

The Ag. Commissioner's office says the number of farmers markets in the United States is on the upswing and local, regional and national advocates of local farming have pushed for the designation of a week so folks can take note of their benifits.

Nationally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says local farmers markets generate more that $1 billion annually.