Tuesday, November 16, 2010

USDA Reboots National Farmers Market Directory

Find your local Farmers Market with enhanced search tools and maps; there are 6,132 in the US
It's "nutrition info week" at the Department of Agriculture, and the agency today unveiled a series of enhancements to the USDA National Farmers Market Directory, including a mapping feature and reformatted data sets. The improved state-by-state Directory makes it easier to find your local Farmers Market, which can be searched for by state, county, zip code and participation in federal nutrition assistance programs. Users can also personalize widgets and Apps, to make their own handy-dandy food access guide. (Above: A screenshot of a search for Farmers Markets in Washington, DC)

In 2010, USDA counted 6,132 operational farmers markets in the United States, a 16 percent growth rate from 2009 levels.

The improved data set is available on Data.gov at http://www.data.gov/tools/4034, and on the Agricultural Marketing Service website at http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets.

On Monday, USDA released the Household Food Security in the United States, 2009 survey. Download the report summary here; the full report is here [PDF].