Governor Colyer Proclaims August as Farmers’ Market Month


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MANHATTAN, Kan. — In recognition of the important role farmers’ markets play in Kansas communities, Governor Jeff Colyer proclaimed August as Kansas Farmers’ Market Month.

In both urban centers and rural communities, farmers’ markets give consumers access to fresh, locally grown produce and serve as an important link between food producers and consumers of Kansas products. Farmers’ markets also keep money in Kansas communities, which helps make small businesses stronger and positively contributes to local economies.

The number of farmers’ markets in Kansas has grown from 26 in 1987 to more than 90 registered farmers’ markets in 2018. They are a vibrant part of many Kansas communities, and contribute to the health, well-being and quality of life for many Kansans.

“We are excited about the growth and expansion of farmers’ markets across the state,” said Lexi Wright, agriculture marketing specialist at the Kansas Department of Agriculture. “Farmers’ markets serve as a great way for producers to connect with consumers and sell their products locally.”

Farmers’ markets in Kansas can register with KDA as part of the state’s agricultural trademark program, From the Land of Kansas. This central registration became possible in 2013 following the passage of legislation designed to protect farmers’ markets and their managers from potential legal liability, thus opening doors for additional markets throughout the state. As a result of this state support, registered markets now have access to free marketing, outreach and advocacy efforts.

KDA supports farmers’ markets through a variety of services and programs, including the Kansas Farmers’ Market Online Toolkit and the Kansas Fresh Mobile App which offers a farmers’ market locator, as well as recipes and produce storage tips. KDA also provides information about food safety regulations and best practices to farmers’ markets across the state. KDA and From the Land of Kansas strive to serve Kansas farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and consumers by expanding agricultural markets and providing support and assistance to help Kansas businesses grow.

To locate a farmers’ market in your area, or to receive more information on how to register a farmers’ market please visit FromtheLandofKansas.com, download the Kansas Fresh App, or contact Lexi Wright at lexi.wright@ks.gov.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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