Number of Farmers' Markets Continues to Grow
Finding a farmers’ market near you is easier than ever with the USDA Farmers Market Directory Search.
Farmers' market offerings have become more diverse through the years, attracting both local farmers and artisans. Over a third of the markets listed in the directory include crafts or woodworking items among the products they sell, according to USDA.
Farmers’ markets are equally beneficial for both the consumer and producer. Not only is it a good way to get out and enjoy the summer weather, but it allows consumers to see where food comes from, and producers enjoy meeting customers. Producers and venders work extremely hard to showcase available products, inform consumers of how their food is grown and make sure consumers are satisfied.
Farmers markets continue to pop up around the country. In fact, there were over 8,400 farmers markets registered on the USDA National Famers Market directory in June 2015. That's about 300 more than in 2013!
- Farmers Markets, Small Farm Center, University of California, Davis - This site offers a downloadable series of how to start a market, management skills and how to grow and evaluate a farmers' market.
- Farmers Market Promotion Program, AMS, USDA - This grant program is designed to promote farmers' markets.
- LocalHarvest - This site also provides a nationwide directory of farmers’ markets.
- National Farmers Market Week - August 2- August 8, 2015 is National Farmers Market Week. Lean more at this site.
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