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Are There Too Many Farmers' Markets? | Care2 Causes: Could there be too many... #bike #ad #VIP

Are There Too Many Farmers' Markets? | Care2 Causes: Could there be too many... #bike #ad #VIP

Could there be too many farmers’ markets now? The past decades have certainly seen significant growth. In 2005, there were 4,093 markets across the country according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). But as of August 5, there are 7,175, with 1,043 established this year, growth of 17 percent; the USDA charts the growth of farmers’ markets on its website . Farmers interviewed in a New York Times article note that profits are down by a third or more as they find themselves competing in an increasingly saturated market of purveyors of fresh basil, chard and heirloom tomatoes. Stacy Miller, executive director of the Farmers’ Market Coalition , a nonprofit organization supporting farmers’ markets, notes that the growth has mostly been a boon to most communities. In the warmer months on Wednesdays, I’m always glad to walk through a farmers’ market in Journal Square righ...

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