Read the official proclamationÂ from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Want to know more about Farmers’ Market Trends, visit the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service USDA website.Â Â
For specific information about organic farmers,Â read a reportÂ on “Organic Produce, Price Premiums, and Eco-Labeling in U.S. Farmersâ€™Markets” by the USDA Economic Research Service.
- Participation of organic farmers in markets.
Finding: Steady numbers to slight increase.
- Demand for organic products.
Finding: Medium to strong demand in more than 80 percent of markets interviewed.
- Advertising strategies used to highlight organic products.
- Price premiums charged for organic products.
Finding: varies according to market location and presence of other organic farmers, but generally higher prices is a perception rather than a reality.
Advertising techniques used by organic growers in 210 U.S. farmers markets inÂ 2002 (numbers of farmers).
— Talking (interaction): 187
(Note: Some farmers use multiple techniques.)
The report lists the variousÂ labels being used by organic farmers and others using alternative production methods:
Source: USDA Economic Research Service