Farmers Market Survey

PRESS RELEASE: The Farmers Market Subcommittee of the Northampton Agricultural Commission has created an online survey for customers and for the general public to gather information on how Northampton Farmers Markets can better serve the community. The 15 question survey seeks to learn how often people shop at the markets, why people shop at the Farmers Markets, other locations people shop for locally grown food and plants, which existing features customers enjoy at the markets and which new features might be desirable.

“This survey will help us learn from our customers, generate new customers, and support the long term health of the markets”, said Maureen Dempsey of Intervale Farm in Westhampton, a regular vendor at the Saturday and Wednesday markets.

The Farmers Market Subcommittee is charged with evaluating existing markets in the City and to make recommendations on how the growth and sustainability of the markets can be promoted. The Committee will also recommend a policy for use of City property by Farmers Markets. Merchants and Farmers Market vendors will be surveyed later this year. The Committee consists of farmers, market managers, residents, businesses and city government representatives.

Everyone is encouraged to complete the survey.

The survey will be available online from July 15, 2010 to August 15, 2010 at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/farmersmarkets

For those who don’t have access to a computer, a paper copy of the survey can be obtained at the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday Markets or at the Northampton Community and Economic Development Office in City Hall (587-1286).

For More Information about this Press Release Contact:

Teri Anderson, Community & Economic Development Director

587-1253

tanderson@northamptonma.gov

Author: Northampton Redoubt

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