31 Aug '11, 11am

Farmers Markets and the Etsy Problem

Farmers Markets and the Etsy Problem

Apparently, in some parts of the country, farmers markets have expanded so much that they've run out of customers to sell to, and they're finding it hard to command the premium price they'd grown accustomed to. This poses a problem for those of us who would like to see much more of the nation's food grown on small, local farms. Now, any economist (really, any economist, not just a conservative, farmers-market-hating economist) would start smirking right about now and point out that the solution farmers might come to eventually is the very one they stand against: become more efficient, thereby squeezing out profits even if prices have to come down. If they could figure out a way to accept a lower price, they could expand their market and sell more to restaurants, grocery stores, or local makers of salsa and the like--and then we would all be eating more fresh, locally-grown...

Full article: http://www.gardenrant.com/my_weblog/2011/08/farmers-marke...

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