Has The Farmers Market Movement Peaked?

Penn Quarter Farmers Market (Washington, D.C.)

Has the farmers market movement peaked? (from Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times)

An excerpt:

A new study by the Department of Agriculture finds that the rate of growth in the number of farmers markets nationally has slowed dramatically in the last five years.

That decline was particularly notable in Los Angeles County, historically on the leading edge of the farmers market movement, where according to USDA statistics, total sales dropped by almost 43% in real dollars between 2007 and 2012.

[photo via ep_jhu/flickr]

Ecological Farming Association’s Hoes Down Harvest Festival, October 1-2, 2011

Capay Valley

The Ecological Farming Association is once again holding the Hoes Down Harvest Festival at the Full Belly Farm in Capay Valley (Yolo County, California) on October 1 and 2, 2011.

Saturday’s festivities are from 11AM-11PM PST and will include:

-Live Music and Dancing
-Farm Workshops
-Children’s Activities
-Farm Tours
-Farmers Market and Crafts

Sunday’s festivities include (pre-registration required):

-Bike Tour of Local Farms
Full Belly Farm Tour
-Chick and the Egg (e.g., Egg Production 101)
-Kid’s Day Camp
-Busy Bees: The Tricks to Backyard Beekeeping
-And more… please see hoesdown.org for more activities

[photo via achesonblog]