USDA website finds local farmers’ markets increase in nation as locavores search for healthy foods.
The National Farmers Market Directory, a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, notes a 9.6 percent increase in the number of farmers’ markets in the country.
The directory lists 7,864 markets in operation. The self-reported data is provided voluntarily by farmers’ market managers.
“Farmers’ markets are a critical ingredient to our nation’s food system,” says Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. “These outlets provide benefits not only to the farmers looking for important income opportunities, but also to the communities looking for fresh, healthy foods. The directory is an online tool that helps connect farmers and consumers, communities and businesses around the country.”
The top five states in the directory are California with 827 markets, New York with 647, Massachusetts with 313, Michigan with 311 markets and Wisconsin with 298.
Users of the USDA National Farmers Market Directory can search for markets based on location, available products, and types of payment accepted.
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