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Celebrate the Farmers and the Markets Aug 4-10

Waverly Place Farmers' Market is one of three farmers' markets in Cary.

Waverly Place Farmers’ Market is one of three farmers’ markets in Cary.

Visit a local farmers’ market during National Farmers’ Market Week  August 4-10 and thank your  farmers for growing healthy, fresh food for all of us!  

Across the country and Wake County, farmers’ markets preserve farmland, stimulate local economies, increase access to nutritious, fresh food, and support healthy communities, but there’s more to it when you take a look at some really interesting statistics the Farmers Market Coalition has gathered.

Here are just a few highlights as we celebrate our farmers and markets next week.

  • For every $100 spent at a farmers’ market, $62 stays in the local economy and $99 stays in state.
  • Growers selling locally create 13 full-time jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create 3 jobs.
  • From 2011 to 2012, the number of farmers’ markets accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance benefits increased by nearly 32%. Here in Wake, that number nearly doubled when the Wendell and Fuquay-Varina markets began accepting EBT this season!
  • The American Fitness Index includes the number of farmers’ markets per capita as a factor contributing to healthier communities, using it as an indicator for community members’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Proximity to farmers’ markets was associated with lower body mass index (BMI) among North Carolina youth, while density of fast-food and pizza venues was associated with higher BMIs.
  • There are 5 times as many U.S. farmers over the age of 65 compared to those under 35. Farmers’ markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for new farmers, allowing them to start small as they learn and test the market.

Visit the Farmers Market Coalition web site for cites on these statistics and others.

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