Rankings by American Farmland Trust show Florida and Virginia are home to the top five farmers markets in the nation. In announcing the rankings, Susan Sink of American Farmland Trust said “farmers markets are critical for new and beginning farmers.”
She noted that farmers selling directly to consumers at farmers markets have a nearly 10 percent greater chance of staying in business than those selling goods through traditional retail.
The top rated farmers market in the nation was listed as Winter Garden Farmers market, in Winter Garden Florida. Farmers markets in Orlando, Florida, Charlottesville, Virginia, Williamsburg, Virginia and Fort Pierce, Florida, made up the top five.
To see the full list of top markets nationwide, visit www.lovemyfarmersmarket.org.
(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters News Service)