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Concerns About Food Safety, Healthy Eating Drive Growth In Farmers Markets

August 3, 2010: 11:23 AM EST
According to new USDA figures, the number of farmers markets in the U.S. rose 16 percent in 2010, driven by concerns over food safety and healthy eating. The total number of farmers markets in the country is 6,132, with certain regions experiencing much greater growth than the national average. The USDA’s database of farmers markets shows a substantial jump in Midwest states such as Missouri (up 77%), Minnesota (61 percent), Idaho and Michigan (both up 60%). About 14 percent of the nation’s farmers markets operate year-round. USDA Secrtary Tom Vilsack said farmers markets “provide great economic, social and health benefits to communities across the country." But some skeptics suggest that the benefits are more likely to accrue to wealthy urbanites who can afford the higher prices farmers often charge.
Jane Black, "Farmers markets up 16 percent", Washington Post, August 03, 2010, © The Washington Post Company
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