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7 Reasons to Celebrate Farmers Markets

7 Reasons to Celebrate Farmers Markets

Supporting your farmers market is a great way to support agricultural diversity and farm viability, while inspiring a new generation of producers. The growth in farmers markets is occurring alongside another positive trend: growth in the number of small farms. Despite consolidation in the agricultural industry and many other sectors, the number of small farms in America actually increased by 18,467 between 2002 and 2007. The United States Census of Agriculture also found that operators of farms with annual sales between $100,000 and $249,999 are younger than average and are more likely to be full time farmers. According to a survey conducted by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, 25% of farmers market producers rely on farmers markets as their sole source of farm income. “America’s farmland is beautiful and bountiful ,” says Bernadine Prince, Vice President of the Far...

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