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By Sandra Renner
Farm and Community Director Center for Rural Affairs 

Farmers markets nourish rural communities


August 3, 2023

There's a certain charm and nostalgia related to farmers markets in rural communities. The tradition of farmers, gardeners, artisans and bakers bringing their wares to town to sell at the market has been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

From Aug. 6 to 12, communities across the country will come together to celebrate National Farmers Market Week, highlighting the role these venues play in supporting healthy communities, growing local food systems, and stimulating rural economies.

Always focused on selling fresh produce, meats and baked goods, vendors have expanded to includ...

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