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Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
 
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.

 

 
USDA FARMERS MARKET

 
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.

 
2014 OUTDOOR MARKET SCHEDULE

 
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.

Farmers Market, CSA, On-Farm Market, Food Hub

 

 
NEW! USDA launches National Local Food Directories to help customers locate Farmers Markets, On-Farm Markets, CSAs, and Food Hubs. To better connect farmers and buyers, and enhance awareness of available local food sources, USDA has expanded on the popular and comprehensive National Farmers Market Directory. Household shoppers and wholesale food buyers will be able to quickly identify nearby suppliers of local food, and producers and distributors of local foods to will be able to take advantage of emerging opportunities in both direct-to-consumer and wholesale markets. USDA is currently requesting that managers and owners of local food entities enter their business information in the new directories.

 
U.S. Farmers Markets

 
Celebrate National Farmers Market Week from August 2 – August 8, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Resources
 
  WIC Farmers Market  
 
  SFMNP: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program  
 
 
  Last Modified Date: 09/29/2014