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8 Reasons to Support Farmers’ Markets (Video)

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Spring farmers markets are sprouting up across the country. In this clip from Nourish, organic farmer Nigel Walker, chef Bryant Terry, author Anna Lappé, and others celebrate the joys of farmers markets.

Why Support Farmers Markets?
Farmers markets are on the rise. The USDA National Farmers Market Directory listed 6,132 markets in 2010, more than double the number reported in 2000. Farmers markets improve neighborhoods and build healthy communities. By visiting your local farmers markets, you:

  • Create relationships. Farmers markets offer a safe, outdoor space to meet and mingle with neighbors and food producers. More than just a place to shop, the farmers market is a place to build community around food.
  • Enjoy food at its freshest and most flavorful. Food that is grown, produced, and sold locally taste better—and is better for you—than food that has traveled thousands of miles from farm to plate.
  • Try new foods. Many farmers let you sample before buying. If you’re not sure how to prepare a particular fruit or vegetable, ask the vendor for suggestions.
  • Get in tune with the seasons. When you shop at the farmers market, you discover the excitement of spring’s first cherry harvest and the first sweet potatoes of fall. Farmers markets educate us about what foods are local and when they’re at their peak.


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Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and teacher and youth seminars. Nourish is a program of WorldLink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education for sustainability.


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11:38AM PDT on Oct 9, 2015

Thank you.

4:19PM PDT on Oct 2, 2015

Thank you.

4:07PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Great places - but limited due to our long winters.

2:52PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

i work at a grocery store, so i buy all my food there

5:03PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

We need to get beyond the quick and easy when it comes to choosing our food. When you take time to meet farmers and buy your food locally you are becoming part of a great story. A story involving a community's economical growth as well as improving your own physical health.

Visit my blog: to discover more about Pittsburgh's wonderful food culture.

12:26AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Yes! I love buying the fresh fruits and veggies offered at the farmers' market. I also enjoy engaging the sellers and farmers in conversation. Some share some tips on food preparation.I also learned garden tips from them. Some have become my friends through the years.

9:03AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

I do try to buy all my veggies from the farmers Market I live in Oxnard one of the most fertile areas in CA and we have great veggies all year round; thank you for the reminder of why is best to invest locally.

8:06AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

great now support

6:44PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011


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