Farmers Markets

Blog post
October 30, 2014, 2pm PDT
The fourth edition of our comprehensive list of amazing Halloween costumes for urban planners.
Maayan Dembo
March 19, 2013, 5am PDT
The resurgence of farmers markets across America has helped feed the growing desire for locally grown produce. Unfortunately, the return on investment still doesn't pencil out for many farmers.
NPR
February 25, 2013, 2pm PST
The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has released the results of a new study aimed at understanding how to "get more healthy food into...communities through farmers markets."
PPS Placemaking Blog
October 24, 2012, 12pm PDT
Now that Mayor Bloomberg has had his say in what New Yorkers drink, Alan Brake argues it's time for the next mayor and his partner in Albany to focus on what they eat, by devising a plan to link New York's upstate farms with its downstate markets.
The Architect's Newspaper
October 16, 2012, 9am PDT
Is Clay Chapman the Joel Salatin of homebuilding? At $80/SF for a custom, multi-century, structural masonry and timber frame home, he just might be. Scott Doyon enumerates the similarities, and challenges others to get involved.
PlaceShakers
August 4, 2012, 1pm PDT
Philip Bump reports on new data out this week that shows the number of farmers markets increased by 10% in the past year.
Grist
June 1, 2012, 11am PDT
Years of public forums and planning exercises aimed at reviving Detroit have left residents craving results. Recent work by the Project for Public Spaces with farmers markets in the city may reveal a replicable avenue for action.
PPS: Placemaking Blog
May 10, 2012, 11am PDT
Rachel Cernansky reports on the federal government's recently announced plan to expand access to healthy foods by increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) acceptance at America's farmers markets.
Grist
April 6, 2012, 9am PDT
As government funding for programs that make fresh fruits and vegetables available to low-income women and young children get cut, Sarah Parsons asks how to make the sustainable food movement less elitist.
Good
April 19, 2011, 9am PDT
Styled after Harper's Index, this "Localism Index" suggests that local economies and independent businesses might just be making a comeback.
The Nation
September 28, 2010, 7am PDT
The farmers market trend has gotten so popular that West Coast chain Safeway tried setting up some stands of fruits and veggies outside their store with a sign saying "Farmers Market". Locals called them on it.
Grist
September 16, 2010, 8am PDT
Online tools designed to connect local farmers with consumers are helping sustain the local food and urban agriculture movements.
Next American City
November 29, 2009, 1pm PST
In the midst of discussions over "food deserts" (areas of town with no access to fresh groceries, usually poor urban neighborhoods) comes news that a program creating food stamps for farmers markets is booming in New York City.
The New York Times
July 1, 2009, 2pm PDT
An increase in smart growth and direct-to-consumer produce has caused the rebirth of public markets across the country. GOOD's Peter Smith looks at what is making these markets successful.
GOOD Magazine
Feature
April 27, 2009, 5am PDT
Detroit may be struggling economically, but community groups and citizen activists are keeping the city vibrant with a wide variety of urban farming projects throughout the shrinking city.
Michael Summerton
August 25, 2008, 9am PDT
Development encroaches on one of the last family farms in Orem, Utah. Now the Cook Family Farm intends to stand their ground in the face of new city mandates and developer pressure.
Utah Stories
March 5, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Government subsidy programs designed to support the production of the four major food crops are limiting - even penalizing - small farmers' ability to meet regional demand for local fruits and vegetables.</p>
The New York Times
Blog post
September 23, 2007, 1pm PDT

The number of farmers’ markets has grown dramatically in the US over the past few years. The number increased by seven percent from 2005-2006 on top of the incredible 79 percent increase from 1994 to 2002. People love the festive atmosphere, the ability to meet the people who grow their food and the connection to the earth this experience provides, and the quality and freshness of the produce. Many patrons value local farmers’ markets as a means of lessening their impact on the earth by allowing them to eat more locally.

Yet in some places, farmers are abandoning the markets. They cite a number of reasons, including:

Lisa Feldstein