The number of farmers markets in the United States continues to grow, reports USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), reaching a total of 4,685 in August 2008. This represents a 6.8 percent increase since mid-August 2006, when AMS reported 4,385 farmers markets nationwide.
Since 1994, when AMS began to track farmers markets, the number of farmers markets nationwide has grown by nearly 3,000.
AMS focuses on direct-to-consumer marketing issues and continually updates a comprehensive list of U.S. farmers markets. The database can be accessed on-line at http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets. In March, AMS launched its survey, contacting State Departments of Agriculture, state farmers market associations and other direct marketing organizations for information on the 2008 market season. The deadline was July 1.
AMS will continue to update the National Directory of Farmers Markets Web site. New information about markets and market contacts should be sent to Velma Lakins, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, at [email protected] Additional background information on recent market trends is available at http://www.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets. p