Organic Produce, Price Premiums, and Eco-Labeling in U.S. Farmers' Markets
Vegetables and Pulses Outlook No. (VGS-301-01) 12 pp, April 2004
by Amy Kremen, Catherine Greene, and Jim Hanson
The popularity of farmers' markets in the United States has grown concurrently with organic production and consumer interest in locally and organically produced foods. This research describes the significance of farmers' markets as market outlets for many organic farmers, and recent shifts in relationships between organic growers, market managers, and customers. Market managers in more than 20 States answered questions by phone pertaining to the 2002 market season. Their responses provide insight into recent grower, manager, and customer decisionmaking and attitudes about foods advertised and sold as organic at farmers' markets.
Keywords: U.S. farmers' markets, eco-labeling, organic produce, organic certification, price premiums
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