Why Farmers Markets?
Farmers markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs provide opportunities to promote access to healthy foods and provide families with nutrition education. As trusted providers of accessible health and wellness opportunities, park and recreation agencies are well-suited to expand local agriculture initiatives.
Farmers markets and CSA programs are a win-win for local government, community partners, producers and consumers. They serve as venues for community engagement and cultural reflection, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and providing an opportunity to engage with key stakeholders and community members across multiple generations. In addition, farmers markets create job opportunities as most market produce is sourced within a 100-mile radius of the market location.
How Can You Support Farmers Markets in Parks and Recreation Sites?
From the Field