National Farmers Market Week!

This is the 18th year for this USDA-approved event that celebrates the thousands of farmers markets across the country. For
every $100 spent at a farmers market, $62 stays in the local economy and $99 stays in state,
according to the Farmers Market Coalition,
a national organization committed to strengthening farmers markets.

According to research conducted by the USDA, farmers and ranchers that sell directly to consumers at farmers markets have
lower rates of bankruptcy and farm foreclosure than producers that rely solely on the wholesale contracts.

To celebrate the long history and cultural and economic importance of farmers markets, I thought I’d dig into our archives
to find photos of markets in the Austin area from the 1970s through the early 1990s, when Austin’s primary market was located
on Lakeshore Boulevard just north of Riverside Drive.

I don’t have a lot of caption info about the farmers and customers in these photos, so if you recognize someone or want to
share your memories from these markets, leave a comment below.

A sampling of Central Texas Farmers Markets

After ‘Farm to Fable’ controversy, what does it really mean to ‘eat local’?

Two local farms, connected by a pig, a farmers market and this bargain-hunting shopper

Retiring farmers market manager Suzanne Santos brought farm to Austin tables

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