What To Know About Your Local Farmers Market

When you shop your local farmers market, you connect with people in your community, support local businesses, and gain access to savory and satisfying foods peak-fresh. And you don’t have to search far to find one. According to the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services, there are around 8,716 farmers markets across America.

What is a farmers market?

A farmers market is where local farmers sell fruits and vegetables (and sometimes other goods) directly to consumers like you. The setup can be indoors (a building or tent, for example) or outdoors, such as in a parking lot or blocked off portion of downtown. Produce and beverages for sale are usually displayed on a table, at a booth, or in a stall.

Who can set up a farmers market?

Well, you don’t have to be a farmer. Anyone can set up a farmers market, as long as he or she is diligent, persistent, and resourceful—a common trait among the self-employed. You’ll need a business plan, a group of vendors who want to sell a variety of items (not just food, but other items like clothing and artwork), and a good location. You’ll also have to consider and comply with local and state laws and regulations.

What items are sold at farmers markets?

Too many to list! At your local farmers market, you might find peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bell peppers, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, carrots, and onions—to name just a few goodies. And that’s just the food. Nonfood vendors might sell handmade goods, like crafts or jewelry.

How do farmers markets benefit the community?

You mean, besides filling the bellies of local citizens with healthy fruits and vegetables? The foods sold there are fresher and in season, which means they taste better and are more nutritious (as evidenced by their vivid color). Your purchases directly support local farmers and small business owners.

Where can I find the nearest farmers market?

To locate a farmers market near you, search by state.

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Updated March 16, 2018

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