Farmers Markets

10:39am

Thu August 22, 2013
Agriculture

#FoodChatting About Farmers Markets

Community Supported Agriculture allows consumers buy a share of a farmers produce, and sometimes brings in some unique items. Twitter user @JBooneClemmons says that can be daunting: "I have personally never been part of a CSA because I am worried about waiting things I am not sure how to cook."
Credit Sakurai Midori / wikimedia commons

Curious about what’s happening online in the food scene? Four years ago, a new hashtag popped up in the Twittersphere - #foodchat is where consumers and producers can talk.

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9:31am

Fri August 9, 2013
The Salt

Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 8:55 am

A Triqui Mexican picks strawberries at a farm in Washington state.
Courtesy of Seth Holmes

As the supply chain that delivers our food to us gets longer and more complicated, many consumers want to understand — and control — where their food comes from.

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2:01pm

Wed August 7, 2013
The Salt

Bring Home The Bacon Or Put It In A Meat Locker?

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:44 am

Time for a meat locker? One Flickr user's freezer after purchasing a large share of a pig.
Cowgirl Jules via Flickr

Why buy 1 pound of hamburger meat from a local farmer when you can buy 5 pounds — plus another 20 pounds of stew meat, steaks and roast — for as little as half the price of what it all goes for at the market?

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1:59pm

Wed June 12, 2013
Agriculture

At The Farmers Market, With Food Stamps

April Segura, of Lincoln, Neb., uses her SNAP benefits to shop at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market with her sons Jalen, 5, and Jeriel, 1.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

2:57pm

Thu August 30, 2012
The Salt

On the Farmers Market Frontier, It's Not Just About Profit

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:30 am

On a corner in Washington, D.C., where stores burned during riots 44 years ago, there's now a plaza where farmers sell produce on Saturday mornings.
Dan Charles/NPR

Farmers markets are popping up in cities all across the country, and people expect lots of different things from them: Better food, of course, but also economic development and even friendlier neighborhoods.

At its core, though, the farmers market is a business, and it won't survive unless the farmer makes money.

So what's the key to success for these markets?

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