Farm Facts: Farmers Markets

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Farmers Markets

Spring showers bring May flowers – and the start of farmers market season.

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Warmer weather coincides with the opening of farmers markets, which give consumers the opportunity to buy fresh produce directly from the person who grew it. Take a look at some interesting facts about these seasonal markets:

  • Not only do markets offer fresh fruits and vegetables, but they also sell plants, flowers, baked goods, artisan products and more.
  • The USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory listed 8,144 farmers markets in 2013, up from about 5,000 just five years earlier.
  • Tennessee has approximately 129 farmers markets across the state.
  • Most new farmers markets are popping up in small towns and rural communities, not big cities.
  • National Farmers Market Week is celebrated each August.
  • Farmers markets have become more than just a place to buy food. Many have live music, theme days and other events to get consumers involved.

Find a Tennessee farmers market near you at picktnproducts.org.

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