Communities regain a figurative “town square”, experiencing connecting with other farmers markets nationally.
We applaud the explosive proliferation of farmers markets in the USA. In 1994, there were approximately 1,755 farmers markets in the United States. In 2010 their numbers have more than tripled â€” to approximately 7,100. In excess of 3 million consumers shop and more than 60,000 farmers sell at these markets annually. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that these markets generate at least $1.3 billion in consumer spending each year. The Farmers Market Coalition is driven by three complimentary goals. We call it our triple bottom line. Farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor by selling directly to consumers. Consumers gain access to fresh, nutritious, local produce.