With over 90 farmers’ markets in the state, Vermont has good reason to celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week through Aug. 13, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-Vt.) will be joining the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and farmers’ markets across the country to observe how farmers’ markets bolster local economies, improve community health, and bring diverse groups of people together through a shared social space.
This year marks the 12th annual National Farmers’ Market Week. Since 2000, the number of farmers’ markets nationwide has grown 150 percent, from 2,863 markets to 7,175 in 2011. Vermont has seen similar growth numbers with more than double the markets today than in 2001. These numbers continue to rise, as farmers’ markets become fresh food mainstays for shoppers throughout Vermont’s communities, all year round.