Farmers Markets’ Contribution to Local Food Economy Documented

Penn State University researchers published an analysis showing that Pennsylvania farmers markets generate an estimated $100 million in sales each year. The figures were extrapolated from 2021 data that showed 15% of the farmers markets in Pennsylvania generated gross sales of about $18 million. “Farmers markets are more than nice events in our communities,” Brian Moyer, Penn State Extension education program associate in business and community vitality, said. “They are essential to our local food economy. Markets provide a common space for farms and food businesses to offer their products and incubate new businesses.”