12 Aug '11, 6pm

More farmers markets mean more jobs:

More farmers markets mean more jobs:

A delicious investment. The USDA released its latest Farmers Market Survey last week, showing 7,175 farmers markets across the country, up 17 percent from last year. This news led USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to declare : The growth in farmers markets is a sign that the local and regional food system is robust and thriving. More farmers markets mean more opportunities for small and midsize farmers -- especially beginning farmers -- to diversify their farms, sell their products, and grow their businesses. More farmers markets mean more local economic stimulation to more communities which, in turn, mean more job opportunities. More farmers markets mean more access to fresh, healthy, and local food. Providing support to that argument is a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists called "Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Re...

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