Building on the success of its on-line Farmers Market Directory, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is creating directories for CSAs, food hubs, and on-farm markets (such as farm stands). Farmers or marketing managers can upload information on their market, CSA, hub, or farm to the respective directory. Customers may then search for markets nearby.
To get these markets up and running, USDA needs more listings! Each directory will not be published until AMS’s target number of listings is reached. By listing your CSA, food hub, or on-farm market, you can help push these directories over the edge!
The Farmers Market Directory has already become an important resource. Not only does it help customers buy local, sustainable produce and meat, but it also provides a valuable source of data on farmers markets nation-wide. These new directories will also help demonstrate the growth and vitality of the local food movement in the U.S.