by Prof. Neil D. Hamilton,
The future is bright for America’s farmers’ markets. Strong demand for high quality fresh food, growing interest by farmers and market gardeners for higher value markets, desires by communities to create social connections and vibrant shopping experiences, and widespread concern over health and nutrition are just some of the forces fueling the growth and awareness of farmers’ markets.
While the future is bright there is still significant room to improve the role of farmers’ markets in our nation’s food and farming system. A critical element in this future concerns the impact of policy and law on markets. This study is designed to provide an assessment of current farmers’ market policies found in the U.S. and to use this inventory to evaluate the effect of policies and identify how they can be improved.
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