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Farmers' Markets stimulates local economies

Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015

On the next visit to your local farmers’ market, take a moment to observe the wheels of your local economy in motion. The rows of fresh, colorful produce along with the neighborly conversations. At the center of these lovely diversions are the transactions taking place between farmer and customer; the exchange of money for goods.

Enticed by the festive sights, sounds, smells and tastes, more and more people are choosing to shop for fresh, local foods sold at farmers’ markets. According to an impact study conducted by Civic Economics, locally owned retailers like farmers’ markets return more than three times as much of their revenue to the local economy than do their corporate competitors. This means your farmers’ market purchases not only stock your pantry with healthy, fresh food, but also recycle money throughout your community, boosting economic activity and job creation.

As the demand for fresh, local food continues to grow, farmers’ markets are being recognized as an important retail anchors for economic commerce. The more than 8,000 markets across the nation are the driving impetus of consumer support for local farmers – while at the same time are creating opportunities for small businesses to stimulate local and regional economies. Farmers’ markets are more than just a venue for fresh food and a friendly atmosphere; the revenue they generate helps your community prosper.