Public Markets are known to Link Urban & Rural Economies.
It’s an often unknown or disregarded fact that many of our country’s cities and towns would run out of fresh food in just three days if national distribution channels were interrupted. Because of the short growing season, Colorado gets much of its food from other areas. Should a fuel shortage or other disaster occur, food shortages could occur. This all the more reason to begin to create food security within our own city. This may be one reason that in 2012 farmers markets saw an increase of 9.6% from the prior year.
The Public Market seeks to support local and regional producers to be able to sell their products and services. In addition, by providing the outlet for sales, this may allow for the construction of more greenhouses, alternative methodologies of production such as Aquaponics, and education for the backyard suburban farmer. While we seek to support farmers and ranchers along our watershed, it is recognized that 1/3 of the two million farmers in the United States are located within metropolitan areas and that they produce 35% of the vegetables, fruit, livestock, poultry and fish consumed.
“Farmer’s markets are a critical ingredient to our nation’s food system. These outlets provide benefits not only to farmers looking for important income opportunities, but also to the community looking for fresh, healthy foods.” Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.