Farmers markets are popular with many central Ohioans.
Columbus Public Health runs one at its Parsons Avenue campus, and Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District also operates one downtown, just to name a couple of examples. This is National Farmers Market Week. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesperson Elanor Starmer says there were 24 hundred registered markets in 1996, and the number has risen substantially since then.
Stamber says farmers markets also bring badly-needed fresh produce to underserved urban areas.