Farmers market clipart

Aug 18 2019

Farmers’ markets can offer farmers increased profit over selling to wholesalers, food processors, or large grocery firms. By selling directly to consumers, produce often needs less transport, less handling, less refrigeration and less time in storage. By selling in an outdoor market, the cost of land, buildings, lighting and air-conditioning is also reduced or eliminated. Farmers may also retain profit on produce not sold to consumers, by selling the excess to canneries and other food-processing firms. At the market, farmers can retain the full premium for part of their produce, instead of only a processor’s wholesale price for the entire lot. [citation needed] However, other economists say “there are relatively few benefits in terms of energy efficiency, quality or cost . . . fun though they are, are not good economic models. ”