By Tom Dixon, Senior Communications Specialist

August 17, 2017


Farmers market, mercantile highlight weekend events at state fair

Fresh Wyoming produce and a live cooking demonstration will highlight the Wyoming State Fair Farmers Market at 11 a.m. Saturday in Douglas.

The annual event promotes local agriculture and this year features chef Leah Hays, of Casper College.

Hays will use produce on sale at the market for her demonstration.

Wyoming Business Council staff will be on hand promoting the state economic development agency’s newest program, Grown in Wyoming.

Grown in Wyoming aims to connect producers with retailers and wholesale buyers interested in providing fresh, sustainable, local food to customers. Agriculture and International Trade Coordinator Briana Tanaka is spearheading the initiative.

“People want to know where their food is coming from. Ag is a valuable part of Wyoming’s economy, and it’s an industry that can be responsive to national trends like sustainability sourced and ethically grown food.” Tanaka said. “With the education and awareness raised by this program, we expect to generate more demand for Wyoming-grown products.”

Business Council staff will also be on hand daily throughout state fair at the Wyoming Mercantile, a venue for Made in Wyoming members. Made in Wyoming promotes manufacturers who make local products ranging from tack and food to jewelry and home décor. Items from about 60 of the program’s 300 members are for sale.

The Mercantile is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Mercantile is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

 

About the Wyoming Business Council: Our mission is to increase Wyoming’s prosperity. We envision a Wyoming where industries are strong, diverse and expanding. Small business is a big deal. Communities have the highest quality of life. Wyoming is the technology center of the High Plains. Wyoming knows no boundaries. Please go to www.wyomingbusiness.org for more information.

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