Love farm fresh produce?
Then you’re living in the right state. Michigan ranks 4th in the nation for the number of farmers markets, according to a new report
by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Lansing alone boasts 7 operational farmers markets, and the tri-county region is home to 17.
“Between 2008 and 2009, we saw a 13 percent increase in the number of farmers markets operating in the state,” said Gov. Jennifer Granholm in a statement. “Dollars spent at area farmers markets are more likely to stay in Michigan, benefiting local communities and strengthening our economy.”
As the state’s largest industry, Michigan’s agri-food sector generates $71.3 billion annually. Production agriculture, food processors and related businesses employ more than 1 million people. Michigan produces more than 200 commodities, making it second only to California in terms of agricultural diversity.
To find a full list of farmers markets in Michigan, visit the Michigan Farmers Market Association at www.mifma.org
Source: Jennifer Holton
Writer: Louise Knott Ahern
All Photographs © Dave Trumpie