How Farmers Markets Help Producers

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There are nearly 8000 farmers markets across this United States, and this week, National Farmers Market Week, we celebrate them all. But what do the markets mean to the producers who show up early, set out their fruits and vegetables, their baked goods and their fresh food? This post gives a glimpse into the lives and hearts of those who sell the food that make farmers markets possible.

The Farmer’s Perspective: How Farmers Markets Help Producers

The farmers market is the missing link between me as a grower and the people who eat the food that I grow. At the market I see the direct results of my labors: individuals who like to eat the things I grow because they taste good and are good for them. You meet brave souls who love to try food they’ve never had before. You see that tomatoes are more than just a commodity—they are a part of people’s lives on some level.

Farmers Market Stand

Read the full post on the USDA blog.

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