Building Goshen's economy

Since its founding in 2000, Goshen Farmers Market has provided year-round indoor retail space to about 20 local farmers, bakers, and artisans...In June of 2012, we were very proud to receive a Local Hero Award from Edible Michiana Magazine in their non-profit category.  And in August we were named the 5th most popular farmers market in all of Indiana by American Farmland Trust

  • You can feel good about supporting some of the friendliest, hardest working farmers around.

(http://www.goshenfarmersmarket.org/)

 

How does shopping at a farmers market help my local economy?

Farmers markets generate business, and business creates jobs. A 2011 Economic Research Service report found that fruit and vegetable farms selling into local and regional markets employ 13 full-time workers per $1 million in revenue earned, for a total of 61,000 jobs in 2008. Comparatively, fruit and vegetable farms that are not selling locally employed only three full-time workers per $1 million in revenue.

Farmers markets also bring business to neighboring stores and communities where the market is located. Spending money at farmers markets keeps your money in circulation within the local community, preserving and creating local jobs. A 2010 study of the Easton Farmers Market in Pennsylvania, for example, found that 70% of farmers market customers are also shopping at downtown businesses, spending up to an extra $26,000 each week. This is very different from many major grocery stores where a large percentage of sales leave the community, and possibly even the state or the region. A Virginia Cooperative Extension report showed if households in Southern Virginia spent 15 percent of their weekly food budget on locally grown food products, $90 million in new farm income would be created for the region.

(http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/education/qanda/)