Join us in celebrating National Farmers Market Week, announced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), taking place through August 12th! In honor of all the farmers markets around the world, we want to give you some fun facts about farmers markets, where the concept originated, and why they’re so special!
According to the USDA, the evolution of farmers markets date back to 1730 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1730, the Lancaster city designers left a 120 square foot space in the center of town that would eventually become the Lancaster Central Market. The market continued to grow, and it is believed that at some point the market had over 400 vendors at a time! This is said to have been the beginning of the farmers market concept. Today, there are over 8,000 farmers markets in the United States, and they will only keep growing from here!
Farmers markets are well loved by their communities across the country, and we don’t feel any differently! We want to say thank you for all the love and support we get week after week. We’ve had a great market season, and we hope we will see you for the last three weeks of our market here in Thompson’s Station.