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A Survey Proves It! We Love Farmers’ Markets! 
Jun. 16, 2009 5:20 pm 
Updated: Jun. 23, 2009 10:38 am
Hi, everyone! It’s Judith again, sending a BIG thank-you to all of you who participate in the many surveys posted on our site! We appreciate your taking time out to answer questions and share your  thoughts on a variety of subjects—from what’s in your shopping cart to how many school lunches you make each week, to ways you’re cutting back to help the family budget. You’re the best!
An Allrecipes survey in May asked about farmers’ markets. Since summer is here with its wonderful bonanza of berries, fruits and vegetables, you might be curious to hear what our community thinks about farmers’ markets. Are we fans? Why do we like them? Read on!
  •  Three-quarters of survey respondents said they love farmers’ markets, and that’s across all age groups (18 to 65) and all size households.
  • Almost half of survey respondents will be visiting farmers’ markets more this year than last, with the largest group aged 18 to 34.
  • Why shop at farmers’ markets? 86% say it’s because “Fresher foods taste better.” That’s true for all age groups, but it’s most important for cooks aged 55 to 64.
  •  Vegetables are the main item purchased at farmers’ markets by those aged 25 to 64, but for 18 to 24 year-olds, it’s fruit.
  •  All age groups said “inconvenient times” prevented them from shopping more often at farmers’ markets, but 40% of 18 to 24 year-olds prefer the convenience of supermarket shopping.
  • Foods traveling the shortest distance from farm to market are better for the environment according to 53% of 18 to 24 year-olds, the most of any age group.
  • Three-quarters of respondents living in the South, Southwest and West think farmers’ markets are “awesome,” but in the East and Midwest, only two-thirds do.
  • Farmers’ market fans in the Southwest travel farthest to find a market (10 to 20 miles), while those living in the East, Midwest, South and West have one within five miles of home.
  • City dwellers in the West are more apt to find neighborhood farmers’ market than other regions of the country.
What’s your favorite thing about farmers’ markets? Do you wait all year for the return of the first local strawberries or your favorite heirloom tomatoes? Love the baby greens and corn on the cob? (Have you ever wanted to write a weekly blog to describe your local farmers’ market adventures? If yes, email me at judithd@allrecipes.com.) Need inspiration for what to do with the fabulous fresh produce you bring home from your farmers’ market? Check out the tasty recipes and menus in our Farmers’ Market Field Trip and From Farm to Table articles. Here's to a delicious summer of farmers' market shopping and eating!  
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Jun. 16, 2009 7:49 pm
David and I just discovered they are holding farmers market every Wednesday in the town closest to us (about 3 miles). Always say we're going and darned if he didn't bring it up today and said we'd go tomorrow. Can't wait.
Jun. 16, 2009 9:14 pm
In long Beach,Cal, we have several during the week all over the city.They are really wonderful! There are all kinds of yummy things to eat/sample! I love mine!
Jun. 16, 2009 9:27 pm
In Salem Or. we are lucky to have both a year round indoor (Oregon's oldest pubic market)as well as a Saturday Market with well over 300 vendors and a Wednesday Market in the downtown core of the city. Streets are actually closed and the market is set up in the streets and on the sidewalks. The outdoor markets run from May-October. This is in addition to all of the farms and U-picks that we are lucky enough to have access to.
Jun. 16, 2009 10:07 pm
I just found my farmers market a couple weeks ago. I was very excited! I have missed it the past 2 weeks which is sad. I did however get to hit up the peach stand finally! And how come I never get the survey pop ups? :( I like surveys. Is there a place on the site where I can go to take them?
Jun. 23, 2009 9:18 am
Hi, Everybody! Great to hear comments from around the country about farmers' markets. We're gathering together a collection of blogs about farmers' markets, so watch for that in July. About surveys, we appreciate your feedback there, too. They're set to appear randomly, so you may or may not get a pop-up. The idea of having a place to take them on the site is a good one. We're usually collecting info in a short timeframe, so they go up and down on the site quickly--and hopefully aren't too annoying. We appreciate everyone who participates!
Jun. 23, 2009 10:38 am
I live in Nashua NH,a small city surrounded by smaller towns that have working produce farms. There are 2-3 stands here in town and one just openened on Fridays to accomodate those folks that work in the city M-F. Our season is just starting and I will be visiting soon - when it stops raining!
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