This week, August 7 – 13, is National Farmers Market Week, an annual occasion sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture. Communities across the country are celebrating their local markets, producers and the many services and benefits they bring.
Now in its 17th season, National Farmers Market Week is an amazing way to highlight the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system.
“Markets result in more viable regional economies and local farm businesses, increased access to fresh, nutritious food, and stronger social networks that help keep communities healthy.” – Farmers Market Coalition
And the height of summer means the country’s markets are in full swing with vibrant vegetables and a great variety of meat, cheese, dairy and other incredible, locally crafted products. So visit your local market this weekend – many have special events, contests, tastings and demos to promote the occasion!
LET um EAT Seeders & Feeders at Market
Support these LET um EAT Seeders & Feeders at their farmers markets this weekend:
Able Farms, Portland, OR (Woodlawn, Sunday)
Even Pull Farm, McMinnville, OR (McMinnville, Thursday)
Starvation Alley Farms, Long Beach, WA (Various Portland and Seattle Markets)
Osprey Farm, Willamina, OR (Salem, Saturday)
One Fork Farm, Carlton, OR (Portland Saturday Market, Saturday)
Minto Island Growers, Salem, OR (Salem, Saturday)
Juniper Jungle Farm, Bend, OR (NW Crossing, Saturday)
Agrarian Ales, Eugene, OR (Lane County, Saturday)
Naked Acres, Portland, OR (Lake Oswego, Saturday & Hillsdale, Sunday)
Gathering Together Farm, Philomath, OR (Various Portland and Oregon Markets)
Hayshaker Farm, Walla Walla, WA (Walla Walla, Saturday)
Thaxton Organic Garlic, Hudson, OH (Hudson, Saturday)
See the USDA Farmers Market Directory to find a market near you!
Farmers Market Facts
- By the beginning of 2016, there were more than 8,500 farmers markets in the U.S—that is 50% more than just five years ago.
- The states with the most farmers’ markets include California (759), New York (637), Illinois (336), Michigan (331) and Ohio (300)
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s Central Market is the oldest farmers market in the country. It traces its origins back to 1730 when the town of Lancaster was originally laid out and before the United States was founded. Of the markets tracked by the USDA, 14 have been in operation for more than 100 years
- Total annual sales at U.S. farmers’ markets are estimated at $1 billion
- 50% of farmers selling at farmers markets derive at least half their revenue from farmers market sales.
- Small and mid-size farmers who sell at farmers markets have nearly a 10 percent greater chance of staying in business than those selling goods through traditional channels.
- Growers selling locally create thirteen full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create three.
- The amount of SNAP benefits redeemed at farmers markets increased nearly 450% from 2009 ($4.2 million) to 2014 ($18.8 million)