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Farmer's Markets Keep Local Foods Alive

Farmer's Markets Keep Local Foods Alive

Farmer's Market

Everyone loves the colorful freshness of farmers markets. It’s fun to get to know the farmers you buy your food from as well. These days there are a number of farmers markets and road side stands during harvest season. Some sell only one or two commodities, while others have value-added products. Farmers markets enrich our communities’ health and economics by providing fresh, local food at affordable prices. SNAP benefits (food stamps) can be used at farmers markets, too. It’s also an opportunity for local artists to come and perform or set up booths—see what is allowable in your area. For basic information on getting a farmers market set up in your community, North Dakota has compiled a direct farm marketing guide. Happy growing and healthy eating!


Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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