Date: 5:00pm EDT April 17

Just Where Do Local Food Outlets Live? Assessing Farmers’ Markets in the United States

A talk by Justin Schupp, Associate Professor of Sociology at Wheaton College


Participation in the local food movement has grown dramatically in the United States, with the farmers’ market being one of its most widespread and heavily promoted forums. Supporters of markets argue that the interactions and transactions that occur at farmers’ markets benefit market participants, but, more importantly, have broader benefits for the neighborhoods they are located in and for society itself. The promise of these benefits raises several important questions, notably: where are farmers’ markets located and who has access to them? Using data from the USDA and US Census, Justin Schupp explore the location of farmers’ markets areas across several geographic measurements, including at the national, census division, and census tract levels. Results from this research further illuminate our understanding of where farmers’ markets are located throughout United States while presenting some interesting questions for the local food movement as it continues to moves forward. 

This program is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Department of Sociology.