Find your local farmers market, CSA or food hub – and make sure your operation is listed!
What a great time of year to visit your local farmers market! From blueberries and strawberries to the first tomatoes, farmers markets are full of fresh ingredients that you can use in your favorite summer recipes. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service maintains four Local Food Directories online, including the National Farmers Market Directory, which includes 8,200 farmers markets and provides information on their locations, operating hours, and other details. But that’s not all – check out the other directories, and make sure that your operation is included:
- USDA’s National Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Enterprise Directory – A CSA is a farm or network of farms that offers consumers regular deliveries of locally-grown farm products during harvest season on a subscription or membership basis.
- USDA’s National Food Hub Directory – A Food Hub is a business that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of food products to multiple buyers from multiple producers, to strengthen the ability of these producers to satisfy local and regional wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.
- USDA’s National On-Farm Market Directory – An On-Farm Market is a farm market managed by a single farm operator that sells agricultural products directly to consumers from a location on their farm or on adjacent property.
- USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory – Farmers markets feature two or more farm vendors selling agricultural products directly to customers at a common, recurrent physical location.
- Mississippi MarketMaker – https://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/ -MarketMaker is a national network of states that connect farmers and fishermen with food retailers, grocery stores, processors, caterers, chefs, and consumers.