Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, while enabling farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers and cultivate consumer loyalty. Celebrate National Farmers Market Week, August 4-10, 2013, by visiting your local farmers market.
Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack issued a Proclamation for Farmers Market Week, and you can read it here (.pdf).
Find a Farmers Market Near You. The USDA National Farmers Market Directory, maintained by AMS Marketing Services, is designed to provide members of the public with convenient access to information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment. Market information included in the directory is voluntary and self-reported to AMS by market managers, representatives from state farmers market agencies and associations, and other key market personnel.