Monday, August 2, 2010

How to Find local Farmer's Markets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared August 1 - 7th, 2010 National Farmer's Market Week.

Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce. Direct marketing of farm products through farmers markets continues to be an important sales outlet for agricultural producers nationwide. As of mid-2009, there were 5,274 farmers markets operating throughout the U.S. ~ From USDA Website

For fresh, locally grown produce, here are several links to help you find a local Farmer's Market:

Farmer's Market Search - from USDA website

Find Farmer's Markets and Local Farms - Local Harvest website

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