Resource highlight: USDA AMS Local Markets Directory

Did you know? Here’s one of the nice things your federal tax dollars support: National directories of farmers markets, on-farm markets, CSAs, and food hubs. In each directory, you can:

  • Restrict the listing to a particular state (at top of “State” column);
  • Enter a zip code and radius to find nearby local food markets;
  • Search for a specific market name (search for yours, to see if you’re there!);
  • See detailed information for each market by clicking in the “Info” column to the left of the market name; and
  • Go to the market’s website by clicking in the far right column, if there is an icon present.

You can also click on the map icon to view an interactive map of market locations, with directions and (where data is up to date) links to the market’s web page.

The “Products Available” tab includes most of the same features, but lets you search by specific product types.

Like any other directory, it’s only as good as the data it contains. Is your business or market listed and up to date with hours, contact information, and correct website link? Take a moment to check. If someone is looking for your market or CSA, it can be frustrating to get a “Page not found” error if you changed your website address. They may know you’re there, but can they find you?

In addition to updating your info to help customers find you, share these links with your customers! The more these tools are used, the better they work! They can be good tools for supporting local food businesses when you’re traveling, or when a customer says they are moving to a new location, or when distant friends and families want to know how to support local foods in their own communities.

The link to add or update a listing for your farmers market, on-farm market, CSA, or food hub is: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/local-regional/food-directories-update.

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