Demand for farmers markets growing
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Farmers Market Directory now lists 8,268 markets, an increase of 76 percent since 2008. Since the data reflects continued demand and growth of farmers markets in every region of the country, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is developing three new local food directories that will expand USDA’s support for local and regional foods by providing easy access to the most current information about the local food market.
“Farmers markets play an extremely important role for both farmers and consumers,” says Anne Alonzo, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service Administrator. “They bring urban and rural communities together while creating economic growth and increasing access to fresh, healthy foods.”
Alonzo made the announcement at the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, Wisconsin on August 2, 2014 to kick of the 15th annual “National Farmers Market Week.”Date Published: August 21, 2014Date Updated: August 22, 2014
“The National Farmers Market Directory numbers reflect the continued importance of farmers markets to American agriculture,” says Alonzo. “Since its inception, the directory has proven to be a valuable tool for accessing up-to-date information about local farmers markets.”
The USDA National Farmers Market Directory provides information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings and much more. The data is collected, via voluntary self-reporting, by operating farmers market managers and is searchable by zip code, product mix, and other criteria. The National Farmers Market Directory receives over 2 million hits annually.
In addition to USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, AMS is adding:
1) USDA’s National Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Enterprise
2) USDA’s National Food Hub Directory
3) USDA’s National On-Farm Market DirectoryDate Published: August 21, 2014Date Updated: August 22, 2014
CSA Enterprise Directory
USDA’S National Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Enterprise Directory:
A CSA is a farm or network/association of multiple farms that offer consumers regular deliveries of locally-grown farm products during one or more harvest season(s) on a subscription or membership basis.Date Published: August 21, 2014Date Updated: August 22, 2014
Food Hub Directory
USDA’s National Food Hub Directory:
A Food Hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products to multiple buyers from multiple producers, primarily local and regional producers, to strengthen the ability of these producers to satisfy local and regional wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.Date Published: August 21, 2014Date Updated: August 22, 2014
On-Farm Market Directory
USDA’s National On-Farm Market Directory:
An On-Farm Market is a farm market managed by a single farm operator that sells agricultural and/or horticultural products directly to consumers from a location on their farm property or on property adjacent to that farm.Date Published: August 21, 2014Date Updated: August 22, 2014
USDA invites local food business owners who fall within these categories to list their operational details in the new directories www.usdalocalfooddirectories.com.
These new directories will be available online early in 2015, giving potential customers, business partners, and community planners easy, one-stop access to the most current information about different sources of local foods.
The USDA National Farmers Market Directory is available at: farmersmarkets.usda.gov.Date Published: August 21, 2014Date Updated: August 22, 2014
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