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The success of farmers' markets brings its own set of challenges that must be addressed in order to stay sustainable.

Consumers are dissatisfied — and that’s why farmers’ markets are booming

More and more people are distrustful of big corporations, and farmers’ 
markets offer ‘food authenticity’ the big chains can’t match

As the warm weather winds down, farmers’ markets around the country are looking at yet another record season. Despite substantial food price increases in recent years, these operations, which typically sell food at a higher price, have generated more than $700 million in revenues this year in Ontario alone, and plans to open more are […] Read more

Interest is flourishing in farmers markets, and 126 Alberta-approved markets are now operating across the province.

Local food movement continues to soar

Visitors spent an estimated $878 million at farmers’ markets in Alberta in 2012, 
a jump of more than 50 per cent from four years earlier

Jered Serben never planned to become part of the local food scene, but is glad he is. The fourth-generation farmer grew up on a traditional hog operation, which transitioned to grain and then exited pork production when hog prices plummeted in the early 2000s. But his heart was never in it. “We got into more […] Read more