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Idaho Farmers Markets Make a Difference

Hello Idaho!

Idaho is abundant with farmland and agriculture. Idaho farmers markets make fresh, local produce available to us at an affordable price. It is important we take advantage of this for the health of our families and for the health of our community.

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Did You Know

  • Boise Farmers Market generated an estimated $4.5 million in economic activity for the local economy in 2011
  • For every $100 spent at a farmers market, $62 stays in the local economy and $99 stays in state. 
  • Growers selling locally create 13 full time jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create three.
  • A 2010 study by USDA's Economic Research Service compared producers selling salad mix, blueberries, milk, beef and apples locally with producers of the same products selling to mainstream supply chains. "In all five cases, nearly all of the wage and proprietor income earned in the local market chains is retained in the local economy."
  • 50 percent of farmers selling at farmers markets derive at least half their revenue from farmers market sales.

PDF of farmer's market talking points

Looking for an Idaho farmers market near you? Head to your local market and join us in celebrating Idaho farmers markets on Instagram! Post a photo from the market, tag @eatsmartidaho and #IdahoFarmersMarket for a chance to be featured by Eat Smart Idaho! Don't have Instagram? Like us on Facebook and tag us there!

This information and more can be found at the Farmers Market Coalition website.

Until Next Week,

Eat Smart Idaho, University of Idaho Extension