All but seven of the markets collecting gross sales data reported significant increases in processed food sales, indicating a growing market for locally processed foods as well. "All of these factors suggest that farmers' markets are an excellent way to support Vermont's economy by buying local food," Hamilton said.
The report also calls attention to the challenges that farmers' markets face as they grow.
Many emphasized the lack of adequate infrastructure, such as parking and overall market space, along with difficulties creating marketing campaigns to attract the attention of additional local consumers. The full report can be found at www.nofavt.org.