Governor Gregoire Proclaims Today as "Thank You Farmers & Ranchers Day"

Today, the Governor proclaimed that Friday, November 20th is Thank You Farmers & Ranchers Day!

The proclamation states:

Whereas, the holiday season is a time to be thankful for America's abundant supply of safe, wholesome and affordable food; and

Whereas, Washington's farmers and ranchers produce the food that nourishes our bodies and serves as the centerpiece for family gatherings and holiday celebrations; and

Whereas 39,000 farming families across Washington contribute to the economic vitality of small towns and urban centers, growing nearly $8 billion in crops and livestock in 2008; and

Whereas, agriculture continues to make valuable contributions to the cultural, social, and environmental heritage of our community;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Christine O. Gregoire, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2009 as:

Thank You Farmers and Ranchers Day

in Washington State, and I urge all citizens to join me in supporting our farmers by enjoying Washington-Grown foods throughout the holiday season.

Signed this 19th day of November, 2009

Now, go hug a farmer, buy their wonderful Washington-grown food this Sunday at Ballard Farmers Market, and thank Governor Gregoire for her proclamation. Her number is  (360) 902-4111.