Bluebird Market –‘Markets Are Up’

 
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Farmers Markets:
 
 
 
 
 

*Good for your health
*Good for your community
*Good for the economy

 

The 2007 Census of Agriculture reported a remarkable $1.2 billion in food sold directly from farmers to consumers. This is a 17% increase over the previous five years. The conclusion? More farmers are making more products directly available to more Americans in more ways. One of those ways is farmers markets.
Each year, more Americans in more communities get more of their food from farmers markets. In August, 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported 4,685 farmers markets operating in the United States. This was a 170% increase over the last ten years. Fifteen percent of these markets operate in winter months, extending their seasons to generate more reliable income for small-scale family farmers and build sustainable local economies.
More farmers markets mean more opportunities to:
  1. support healthy lifestylesmake fresh, nutritious food available to more people
  2. support small family farms and preserve America’s rural landscapes
  3. 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.

 Farmers markets… 

  • 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

 Farmers markets…

  • 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.
Farmers markets   
  • 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.
These points were developed in partnership with theFarmers Market Coalition and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. 
Farmers markets are good for everyone.
Join us to make them even better.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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