Farmers Markets Grow 16% Nationally in 2010

by Dave on August 5, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that the 2010 National Farmers Market Directory lists 6,132 operational farmers markets, representing 16 percent growth over 2009 when the agency reported 5,274. The 2010 National Farmers Market Directory results are being released as part of National Farmers Market Week declared by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack between Aug. 1-7, 2010.

“Seeing such continued strong growth in the number of U.S. farmers markets indicates that regional food systems can provide great economic, social and health benefits to communities across the country,” said Vilsack. “Farmers markets provide fresh, local products to communities across the country while offering economic opportunities for many producers of all sizes.”

The USDA lists Delaware as having 12 farmers markets, including six in Coastal Sussex: Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Milford, Bethany Beach, Georgetown & Fenwick Island.

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