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Farmers Markets Increasing, Expanding To Communities Across US

August 5, 2011: 06:51 PM EST
 
More than 1,000 farmers markets were added into the 2011 USDA Farmers Market Directory to reach a total of 7,175, showing a healthy expansion of farmers markets to communities in the United States. Farmers markets increased the most in Alaska, with 46 percent more than in 2010; Texas, with 38 percent; and Colorado and New Mexico, with 38 percent. The rise in farmers markets looks to indicate the local and regional food system is thriving and speaks to a growing interest - the USDA reported that from January to July, 2011, the USDA Farmers Market Directory had over 1.8 million page views, up 3x from the same period in 2010.
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, "7,175 Ways to Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food: Visit a Farmers Market", USDA Blog, August 05, 2011, © USDA
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