The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) division tracks the number of farmers’ markets operating in the United States. As the graph above shows, they are reporting that the number of markets operating in the country has been increasing steadily since 1994 and has topped a whopping 4,685 this year!
If you’d like to see the markets operating in your area, AMS operates this searchable database where you can find markets by name, location, or forms of payment.
It’s great to see a resurgence of local food production and local consumers. Let’s keep it up!
The chart above courtesy of La Vida Locavore.