Farmers' Markets in Mississippi
There has been tremendous growth in the number of farmers’ markets recently. Why the interest? It's because farmers’ markets are a win-win-win situation. They are good for the consumer, grower, and community.
Shoppers can get the freshest produce when buying direct from the people who grew it. And fresher foods are usually healthier and taste better. Prices at farmers’ markets are generally lower, too.
Fruit and vegetable growers have the opportunity to sell directly to the consumer, allowing them to have a closer connection with their buyers and make better profits as well. By eliminating the brokers, distributors, and shippers, state growers get to keep a larger portion of the sales price, while still selling at competitive retail prices.
Rural and urban communities benefit as well. Farmers’ markets create more spending in the communities where they are located, which leads to a multiplier effect in the local economy.
The markets vary sharply in how many months per year and which days per week they are open, how many vendors there are on any day, what specailty crops are for sale, and whether they include organic fruits and vegetables. Check the state markets link above and call for information if needed to be sure.
The largest market in the state is the Mississippi Farmers’ Market in Jackson, just off the High Street exit near the fairgrounds. With an 18,000 square foot building and 32 stalls, it is open three days per week in season, and on Saturdays all year.
Note: Archived presentation slides from the 2014 Microfarming Conference are available.