Why Farmers Market? Infographic
In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, August 2-8, we are highlighting the many reasons why farmers markets are more than just a place to find fresh, local food. Across the country, evidence shows farmers markets are significantly improving the health and well-being of their community, economy, and environment. And as support for farmers markets continue to grow, so will the ways their communities prosper.
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- Preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland;
- Stimulate local economies;
- Increase access to fresh, nutritious food;
- Support healthy communities; and
- Promote sustainability.
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