A great way to spend lazy Saturday mornings, stock your shelves with fresh food finds, support agriculturists and now the economy: Farmers Markets have taken our state by storm by increasing the industry’s presence in urban areas. Those who had limited access before, now have a source for fresh food and produce that promotes a healthy lifestyle coupled with healthy economic development.
Investing in this niche market provides tremendous benefits to communities that take part. Check out this research conducted by the University of Florida’s institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) regarding the Economic Impact of Farmers on the economic impact of the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market:
Taking this modern-day staple of the agriculture industry and utilizing it to support and grow local economies and businesses is invaluable to the future. As more data is collected, the future direction of the industry is a bright one!
Original research publication can be found on the UF/IFAS Blog.