Number of Farmers Markets Surpass 8,100 Nationwide

Farmers markets are booming. With 8,144 now registered with the USDA National Farmers Market Directory, these markets are becoming one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture. “Farmers markets are an important public face for agriculture,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “They provide benefits not only to the farmers looking for important income opportunities, but also help fill a growing consumer demand for fresh, healthy foods.” Vilsack made the announcement as a kick off to National Farmers Market Week, held Aug. 4-10. The department also unveiled its newly revamped farmers market directory that allows customers to easily navigate through data. Read more or visit the USDA National Farmers Market Directory.

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