The United States Department of Agriculture maintains a searchable database that consumers can use to find farmers markets in their state. It’s a really great resource if the information is up-to-date.

Right now, the USDA is looking to ensure that all of the information is accurate and up-to-date. The organization is using The Agricultural Marketing Service to update the national farmers market directory and has an online form that can be filled out to add or change missing or out-of-date information. The deadline for submissions is June 4, 2010.

It looks like anyone can submit the information, but it seems to me that it would be best if market managers or someone associated with running the market updated the information. If you are a frequent customer at some of your local farmers markets, I would suggest that you search for the markets that you are familiar with. Check out the information for the markets, and if it isn’t correct, contact the market’s management, give them the link to the online form, and suggest that the information get updated. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

USDA needs help updating farmers market directory
June 4 is the deadline to get accurate information to the USDA.