National Farmers Market Week Captures Attention

See how communities celebrated these anchors of farmer-to-consumer trade local, and fresh food access during National Farmers Market Week.

National Farmers Market Week ran from August 7th through 13th. People and politicians came out to show their support at the more than 8,500 farmers markets across the United States.

The national event, spearheaded by the Farmers Market Coalition, brings attention to how farmers markets help local economies by creating business opportunities and improve community health by providing local access to fresh foods.

According to the coalition, the number of farmers markets has increased by 50 percent since 2011. Proliferation is significant because the markets support farmland preservation. Between 2007 and 2012, more than 95,000 mid-sized family farms went out of business. The markets offer smaller farms chance to succeed.

Farmers markets are young entrepreneur incubators, an important National Farmers Market Week fact.

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