The National Agricultural Statistics Service has surveyed farmer's markets and released a report Aug. 17 on the state of the nation's farmer's markets.
Some highlights from the report:
- In 2019, farmer's market managers operated 8,140 farmers markets.
- The largest number of markets operated during June through September. 71.9% of markets operated in July and 71.8% operated in August. Nearly a quarter, 21% of markets operated year round.
- Saturday was the most common day of operation, at 52.4%.
- Fruits and vegetables composed the most common food category sold at 99.6% of markets, followed by condiments and sauce at 94.1% and bread and baked goods at 90.9%.
- Cheese is the most common dairy product sold.
- The percent of markets that had locally grown labeling totaled nearly 84.7%. Gluten-free and grass-fed had 46.1% and 46%, respectively.
- Of the 4,076 markets that accepted Federal Nutrition Programs, 78.7% accepted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Of the 4,352 vendors/producers who accepted Federal Nutrition Programs, 66.7% accepted Women, Infants and Children's Farmers Market Nutrition Program, followed closely by Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program at 66.3%.
- On an average market day, 916 households shopped across markets in the U.S. and spent $14,547 per farmers market.
- Farmer's market managers served as paid employees in 4,321 markets, while in 3,162 they served as volunteers. On average, the paid farmer's market managers earned $18.40 per hour. Managers worked an average of 19.4 hours per week.
- There were 31,609 volunteers contributing their time across 5,078 markets.
- Markets operated 12.7 hours per week in east south central states and 10.1 hours per week in west south central states.
Read the report here.