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Growing demand for farmers markets leads to national list

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Farmers markets are in high demand nationwide, fueling growth in the number of markets and the need for additional food directories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In an Aug. 4 announcement, the USDA said its National Farmers Market Directory, farmersmarkets.usda.gov, lists 8,268 markets, an increase of 76 percent since 2008. The data reflects continued demand and growth of farmers markets in every region of the country.

The data is collected via voluntary self-reporting by operating farmers market managers…

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