U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proclaimed Aug. 1-7 as National Farmers Market Week.

“Farmers markets are good for you for health, good for your community, and good for the economy,” said Stacy Miller, executive director of the Farmers Market Coalition, a nonprofit organization that supports farmers markets across the country. “During Farmers Market Week, we invite everyone to celebrate the freshest foods from America’s most entrepreneurial farmers by supporting their local farmers markets.”

This year marks the 11th annual National Farmers Market Week. Since the USDA began declaring National Farmers Market Week 10 years ago, the number of farmers markets has almost doubled, from 2,863 markets in 2000 to 5,274 in 2009. According to the USDA, there are now approximately 6,000 farmers markets operating in the country.

There are a total of 69 farmers markets in the state of Maine. While some are new this year and others have been around for more than two decades, they all provide a variety of locally grown produce and products.

• The Rockland Farmers Market is held Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Harbor Park.

• The Camden Farmers Market is held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. behind the Knox Mill in the upper parking lot.

• The Washington Grange Farmers Market is held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Evening Star Grange on Old Union Road between the Downtown Gallery and Gibbs Library.

• The Union Grange Farmers Market is held Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. at East Union Pioneer Grange, 110 Payson Road.

• The North Haven Farmers Market is held Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the ball field.