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Farmers Markets in Underserved Communities

Bringing Farmers’ Markets to Underserved Communities 

By Douglas Shinkle Vol . 19, No. 47/ November-December 2011

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Farmers' Markets have grown from 1,755 in 1994 to 7,175 in 2011.

The growth in backyard and community gardens, farmers’ markets and community-supported agriculture reflects an interest in local food and healthy eating in the United States. Farmers’ markets, once rare in many regions, have sprouted from a total of 1,755 in 1994 to 7,175 in 2011, according to The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Consumer interest is not the only factor driving this trend. Government efforts to increase the production, transportation and marketing abilities of farmers are helping to bring fresh produce to more communities and better economic results for small farmers.

   

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