Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Shocking News from the USDA: Farmers' Markets on the Increase

The USDA (rather belatedly) began tracking farmers' markets in 1994. Although they're still not very good at it (a check of their database shows exactly THREE in Cincinnati which of course in reality hosts dozens every week) even with their limited knowledge of and connection with actual farmers (!) they're seeing significant growth in number of farmers' markets over the years.


Matt McCann said...

USDA - on the ball as always.

I moved from Cincinnati a year ago, and the closest I came to a farmer's market was Findlay Market. I wasn't in to local eating then, and didn't pay much attention.

Now I live in Durham, NC and picked up Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation", closely followed by Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma" and that was all she wrote for me.

I've completely changed the way I think about food. Fortunately North Carolina has a thriving farmer's market community; I have several excellent markets to go to, a thriving CSA scene; it's just great.

valereee said...

Hey, busted flush! I've heard that the fms in NC are great.

Anonymous said...

I just wish more farmer's markets would take food stamps....the working poor should get to know what real food tastes like.

valereee said...

Hi, Susan! All vendors at Findlay must take food stamps, and I believe Northside fm accepts food stamps too.