Farmers markets provide access to fresh, healthy food, a safe shopping experience, and immediate and long-term benefits for our communities in good times and in times of crisis.

1. Farmers markets provide access to nutrient-dense foods direct from
local farms, including fresh produce and pantry staples. Eating fresh
fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to keep our immune systems
strong when we need it most.

2. Farmers markets offer a safe alternative to grocery stores. Farmers
markets are generally less crowded than grocery stores and are able to
quickly respond to community needs, offering handwashing stations,
grab-and-go options, and more.

3. Farmers markets take place in a spacious, open-air setting that
provides ample room for social distancing. The temporary nature of
farmers markets also means that food is not left on the shelf for days.

4. Farmers markets offer shorter supply chains with less food handling.
Farmers market food generally travels less than 100 miles from the field
to the market, compared to 1,500 miles through conventional distribution

5. Farmers markets provide vital food access for everyone. Customers
using SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) can double their dollars to
buy fresh fruits and vegetables at many farmers markets.

6. Farmers markets support local farmers and small food producers.
Investing in local food is critical to community food security,
especially in times of international crisis. If we don’t invest in local
farms now, we may lose them in the future.

7. Farmers markets strengthen resilient local food systems, which are
more important than ever for community health, the local economy, and
the environment—today, and in the recovery ahead.

Stay safe and well while supporting local farms!
Thanks to Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, CA