The top-10 list for growth includes:

  • Alaska (35 markets, up 46 percent)
  • Texas (166 markets, up 38 percent)
  • Colorado (130 markets, up 38 percent)
  • New Mexico (80 markets, up 38 percent)
  • Indiana (171markets, up 37 percent)
  • Oklahoma (61 markets, up 32 percent)
  • South Dakota (29 markets, up 32 percent)
  • Pennsylvania (266 markets, up 31 percent)
  • Ohio (278 markets, up 31 percent)
  • Michigan (349 markets, up 30 percent)

The top-10 states for number of recorded farmers markets in 2011 were spread across the country:

  • California (729 markets)
  • New York (520)
  • Michigan (349)
  • Illinois (305)
  • Ohio (278)
  • Pennsylvania (266)
  • Massachusetts (255)
  • Iowa (237)
  • Wisconsin (231)
  • North Carolina (217)

Of the total number of farmers markets reported by market managers, nearly 12 percent indicate they have the capability of accepting SNAP (formerly known as food stamp) benefits onsite. This represents a 16 percent increase in the number of markets accepting SNAP benefits since 2010. While SNAP redemption data are not available for farmers markets specifically, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service recently reported that SNAP redemptions in 2010 totaled $7.5 million at all certified farmers market and direct-to-consumer food retail establishments. Program participants made 453,711 purchases at farmers markets and direct farm marketing outlets nationwide, with an average purchase amount of $16.69.

The USDA National Farmers Market Directory is available at http://farmersmarkets.usda.gov. Since the beginning of 2011 the site has more than 1.8 million page views. Users can search for markets based on location, available products, and types of payment accepted, including participation in Federal nutrition programs. Additionally, new features allow Directory users to locate markets based on proximity to zip code and to see links to active farmers market websites. Customized datasets can also be built for website and application designers.