National Farmers Market Week was a success!
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture celebrated National Farmers Market Week in conjunction with the Governor’s proclamation signing. We spotlighted the importance of farmers markets to the local economy, the healthy benefits of eating locally grown products, the feeling of community that markets bring and an easy delicious recipe using local market sourced goods.
According to the 2017 census, 1,509 Arkansas Farmers directly sold food to consumers through Farmers Markets, farm stands, online, community supported ag and other similar enterprises. This number is up from a reported 1,391 in 2012. Reported direct to consumer sales were $9.215 million an increase from $6.369 million in 2012.
The Arkansas Grown, Arkansas Made and Homegrown by Heroes programs, which are administered by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, serve as a promotion conduit to connect producers and makers with consumers. Membership in the programs is free. Many Arkansas farmers markets and their vendors are members of these programs.
There are 111 Farmers Markets across the state with many urban centers operating multiple markets according to USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.
79 (%) of Arkansas counties (59) have an active Farmers Markets.
We invite to learn a little more about the importance of farmers markets. Search for your local farmers market today using the Find Local Vendors tab in the upper right hand corner!.