214% More Farmers Markets

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture says that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of farmers markets in the United States, with a 214% increase since 2000.
August 9, 2010, 5am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Bonnie Azab Powell at Grist is happy about the increase, but says that direct-to-consumer food sales such as this still make up only .4% of the total food economy of the U.S.

"Local food has a long way to go before Safeway feels any pain," says Powell.

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Published on Friday, August 6, 2010 in Grist
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