The number of farmers markets in Missouri has nearly doubled in less than a decade, growing to 245 from 131 just seven years ago, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The state ranks 10th in the U.S. in number of farmers markets and is part of a nationwide proliferation of the markets, according to the USDA’s Ann Alonzo.
Alonzo noted the markets can help bridge urban and rural gaps. ““They bring people and communities together,” she said.
Almost one-third of Missouri’s farmers markets are in St. Louis and Kansas City, according to the USDA.