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Geneva's Farmer's Market Improved Outreach

Jalisa Whitley

Laura Valdmanis '10

The Geneva Farmers Market is a gathering place for local food and craft vendors and for community members. Eighty percent of the products at the Market are locally produced or made. The Market is a friendly environment for vendors to inform their community members about where their produce or craft comes from and how to use it. Consumers meet the grower of the produce and the maker of the crafts. Money spent by consumers stays in the local economy and helps small farmers and craft people. The recent layout renovations have only enhanced the Geneva Farmers Market by creating a public gathering space that is open and shared by the community and visitors during Market days. Throughout the summer of 2009, the Community Based Researcher passed out surveys, spoke with customers and vendors about suggestions for the market and tallied the number of customers on Market days.