Finding a farmers market has never been easier, according to new statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
With an increase of more than 2,000 markets since 2010 — and 100 markets this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture directory — there are 8,268 farmers markets in the U.S. as of early August.
The National Farmers Market Directory shows that the states with the most farmers markets are:
- California (764);
- New York (638);
- Michigan (339);
- Ohio (311);
- Illinois (309); and
- Massachusetts (306).
The ten states with the biggest jump in the numbers of farmers markets were Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Arkansas, North Carolina, Montana, Florida and Nebraska.
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo said in a news release that the AMS is also developing a new three local food directories http://www.usdalocalfooddirectories.com/listings.html.
The new directories are:
- National Community-Supported Agriculture Enterprise Directory;
- National Food Hub Directory; and
- National On-Farm Market Directory.
In the release, the USDA invited local food business owners to list their company details in the new directories at http:/www.usdalocalfooddirectories.com.
The directories will be available online early in 2015, according to the release.