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GROWING ECONOMICS: Local economies, communities benefit from farmers markets

By Danae Lenz dlenz@journalnet.comMay 28, 2019

Farmers markets serve as gathering places in communities — a place to hang out with friends and family away from home, meet your local farmers face to face, eat food and buy the freshest produce around.

They undoubtedly are important staples for many communities purely for the social benefits, but farmers markets also have positive effects on local economies.

POSITIVE IMPACT ON ECONOMIES

There are lots of studies on farmers markets throughout the U.S., and generally those studies have found that direct marketers — people who make and grow their wares and sell directly to consumers — generate significantly more economic activity in their respective regions than producers who don’t direct market. Up to twice as much, in fact.

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