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How Common Are Farmers' Markets?

Farmers' markets, which sell produce grown by local farmers, are a growing trend in the United States Produce from farmers' markets is often fresher because it hasn’t traveled for days or even weeks in trucks and planes. This means tastier, more nutritious produce for you—and less environmental impact as well. Plus, buying from nearby farmers makes the local economy stronger. How common are farmers' markets in the different U.S. states?

Farmers' Markets by State in 2013


State Farmers' Markets per 100,000 Residents
Alabama 3.1
Alaska 4.4
Arizona 1.3
Arkansas 2.7
California 2.2
Colorado 3.2
Connecticut 4.3
Delaware 3.5
District of Columbia 5.7
Florida 1.1
Georgia 1.2
Hawaii 6.4
Idaho 4.2
Illinois 2.3
Indiana 2.5
Iowa 7.5
Kansas 3.4
Kentucky 3.7
Louisiana 1.4
Maine 6.3
Maryland 2.6
Massachusetts 4.4
Michigan 3.2
Minnesota 3.2
Mississippi 2.5
Missouri 2.6
Montana 6.5
Nebraska 4.6
Nevada 1.5
New Hampshire 7.3
New Jersey 1.5
New Mexico 3.3
New York 3.3
North Carolina 2.2
North Dakota 9.5
Ohio 2.3
Oklahoma 1.9
Oregon 4.2
Pennsylvania 2.0
Rhode Island 5.8
South Carolina 2.7
South Dakota 4.6
Tennessee 1.5
Texas 0.7
Utah 1.3
Vermont 15.0
Virginia 2.8
Washington 2.1
West Virginia 4.4
Wisconsin 5.2
Wyoming 7.6
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Farmers' Markets Per 100,000 Residents in U.S. States in 2013

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