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Developing viable farmers markets in rural communities: An investigation of vendor performance using objective and subjective valuations

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  • Schmit, T.M.
  • Gómez, M.I.

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Farmers markets are drawing increasing attention by consumers as a local source of fresh foods; by producers as an alternative marketing opportunity to improve farm sales; and by policy makers concerned about the limited availability of affordable, nutritious foods in low-income, sparsely-populated rural areas. Using unique data collected from customers, vendors, and markets in a rural region of New York State, we develop an empirical model of subjective and objective measures of vendor performance to identify important factors for improved market sustainability. The empirical results suggest four inter-related planning recommendations when considering market and public policy interventions: (1) establishing larger, centrally located markets with public sector contributions, (2) targeting variety in products and vendors, (3) prioritizing attention to marketing and promotion, and (4) reducing cost burdens to underserved, low-income residents. As rural areas are spatially unique, future research across a variety of rural communities and regions will be important to the further development of sound initiatives aimed at improving market performance and access to healthy foods.

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  • Schmit, T.M. & Gómez, M.I., 2011. "Developing viable farmers markets in rural communities: An investigation of vendor performance using objective and subjective valuations," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 119-127, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:36:y:2011:i:2:p:119-127
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    1. Schmit, Todd M. & Hadcock, Stephen E., 2010. "Assessing barriers to expansion of farm-to-chef sales: a case study from upstate New York," Working Papers 126973, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
    2. Connolly, Cristina & Klaiber, H. Allen, 2015. "Competition in Local Food Markets," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205704, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    3. Abello, Francisco J. & Palma, Marco A. & Anderson, David P. & Waller, Mark W., 2012. "Evaluating the Factors Influecing the Number of Visits to Farmers' Markets," 2012 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2012, Birmingham, Alabama 119786, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
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