Saturday, August 7, 2010

Farmer Markets grow



USDA Lists 6,132 Operational Farmers Markets

Washington--USDA announced today that the 2010 National Farmers Market Directory lists 6,132 operational farmers markets, representing 16 percent growth over 2009, when the agency reported 5,274. The 2010 National Farmers Market Directory results are being released as part of National Farmers Market Week, declared by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday.

“Seeing such continued strong growth in the number of U.S. farmers markets indicates that regional food systems can provide great economic, social and health benefits to communities across the country,” said Vilsack. “Farmers markets provide fresh, local products to communities across the country while offering economic opportunities for many producers of all sizes.”

The USDA National Farmers Market Directory can be found at http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets. Farmers markets can be searched by state, county, zip code and participation in federal nutrition assistance programs.

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