Farmers Markets in Texas
The demand for fresh foods to support healthy communities is increasing across the country. Nationwide, the number of farmers markets increased 17 percent from 2010 to 2011, with the second largest rate of growth occurring in Texas at 38 percent.
Farmers markets support the local agricultural economy, encourage social interaction and provide more environmentally friendly produce with reduced transportation and packaging needs. These markets can also supplement local health initiatives, particularly in lower income areas often referred to as “food deserts” that have less access to fresh, healthy foods and greater access to fast food restaurants and gas station snacks. An increasing number of farmers markets accept the SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) program to address this need.
For additional information on farmers markets see the links below.
- USDA information for starting a farmers market
- NPLAN guide to Establishing Land Use Protections for Farmers Markets with model comprehensive plan and zoning language
- USDA grant, loans and support information
- Texas Certified Farmers Market Association (TCFMA) general resource site
- Find your local farmers markets here