Farmers' Market Economics

Farmers' Market Economics

We explore the economics of bringing food from field to fork.

Weekly farmers' markets were once confined to the wealthier neighborhoods of the Washington area. But today local farmers are plying their wares in long-neglected suburban strip malls and urban "food deserts," thanks to help from nonprofits and government grants. As the season for fresh local produce winds down, we peruse the growing number of farmers' markets across the region and examine the economics of bringing food from field to fork.


Dan Charles

Food and Agriculture correspondent, NPR

Gus Schumacher

Vice President of Policy, Wholesome Wave Foundation; Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ( 1997-2001)

John Gloster

President, Ward 8 Farmer's Market Cooperative

Robert Schubert

Executive Director, Columbia Heights Community Marketplace

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