The week-long Delaware Grown Week campaign highlights the fruits, vegetables and value-added agricultural products produced in the first state.
An official kick-off of the event was held at the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market, with appearances by Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse, state legislators and other officials.
State Rep. Lyndon Yearick, a Republican from Camden-Wyoming authored legislation creating Delaware Grown Week. He says the goal of the partnership between the state’s Department of Agriculture and the General Assembly is to facilitate closer relationships between farmers and local consumers. “Fresher food translates into better nutrition, better taste and the potential for creating healthier eating habits.” he said.
Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse said “We know consumers – both Delawareans and visitors to our state – are seeking out local food options because they are more interesting in where their food is produced.” Scuse also introduced a new website, DelawareGrown.com that helps consumers find local products from fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey to Christmas trees and other value-added products.