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Farmers Markets and Direct-to-Consumer Marketing  
Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce. Direct marketing of farm products through farmers markets continues to be an important sales outlet for agricultural producers nationwide. As of National Farmers Market Week, (the first full week in August), there were 8,144 farmers markets listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory. This is a 3.6 percent increase from 2012.



Now in its 19th year, USDA’s farmers market is a living demonstration of USDA’s dedication to supporting local and regional food systems and increasing consumer access to fresh, healthy foods in our community.


Join us for the opening of USDA’s 2014 Outdoor Farmers Market on Friday, June 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate our military veterans and American agriculture. Learn more…

Location: USDA parking lot, corner of 12th Street & Independence Avenue, S.W.

Dates: Every Friday from June 6 to November 21 (except July 4)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Find a Farmers Market Near You

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week from August 3 – August 9, 2014

The USDA National Farmers Market Directory, maintained by AMS Marketing Services, is designed to provide members of the public with convenient access to information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment. Market information included in the Directory is voluntary and self-reported to AMS by market managers, representatives from State farmers market agencies and associations, and other key market personnel.














  Farmers Market Coalition  
  WIC: Women, Infants, and Children  
  SFMNP: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program  
  Last Modified Date: 08/15/2014