Farmers Market Facts

Here are some current facts about farmers markets, compiled by the Farmers Market Coalition:

Farmers markets fuel rural economies

Farmers markets support healthy communities

  • The American Fitness Index includes the number of farmers markets per capita as a factor contributing to community health, using it as an indicator for community members’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Over 90% of participants in Wholesome Wave’s Double Value Coupon Program reported that the amount of locally grown fruits and vegetables that they purchased at farmers markets made a difference in their family’s diet.
  • According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, if Americans boosted their average daily consumption of fruits and vegetables by just one additional portion per day, it would save America more than $2.7 trillion. Farmers markets offer shoppers the freshest, most flavorful fruits and vegetables in America

Farmers markets support farmland preservation, conservation, and education.

81% of direct marketing farmers incorporate cover crops, reduced tillage, on-site composting, and other soil health practices into their operations. 75% of direct marketing farmers use practices at or above USDA Organic standards according to the American Farmland Trust.


This document can be found by clicking on this link and clicking on “Farmers Market Facts.”

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