- support healthy lifestylesmake fresh, nutritious food available to more people
- support small family farms and preserve America’s rural landscapes
- strengthen communities and stimulate local economies
What is a farmers market? Farmers markets vary from hundreds of food producers across a regional food system to just a few farmers collecting in a town square every month. Each market is a unique representation of its community, with a wide variety of products available for sale. Most farmers markets showcase local food, local producers, and local pride.
- Support healthy lifestyles.
- Offer unique varieties of fresh, nutritious food at the peak of flavor, directly from the grower
- Encourage walking, bicycling, and use of public transit
- Develop vibrant community networks and gathering places
- Provide opportunities for fresh air, social interaction, and learning about healthy cooking and regional products
- Make fresh nutritious food available to more people
- Support small family farms and preserve America’s rural landscapes
- Promote diversity. Between 2002 and 2007, the number of women farmers rose by almost 30%, and Hispanic farm ownership rose by more than 10%, coinciding with growth in farmers markets.
- Preserve agricultural land from over-development. New York City’s Greenmarkets rely on more than 27,300 acres of farmland, and 80% of participating farmers credit their business’ success to farmers markets.
- Keep farmers farming. Thirty five percent of farms near Ithaca, NY believe they would simply not exist if it was not for farmers market and direct sales in and around the city.
- Strengthen communities and stimulate local economies
- Reduce the distance food travels. In 2008, more than 85% of farmers at Portland Farmers Market traveled 50 miles or fewer to get there, a fraction of the distance traveled by most food in the U.S.