this little piggy went to the farmers market
October 3, 2011, 5:30 pm
Filed under: Cities, economy, Energy | Tags: , ,

A very good metric for determining how good a neighborhood is, is the proximity of fresh produce – one of the best.  Farmers markets sell fresh produce – and they are often owned locally by small business people – so map them and you have a pretty good idea of where good communities are for fresh food and for vibrant business practices.

Here are graphics showing farmers markets by state, and per capita by state.

They’re a good start, but too macro to really mean anything.  By county maps would be useful for mapping fresh produce.  Another next step is measuring the per capita ratios of fresh produce to processed and packaged foods.  No doubt the existing ratio in America is absurdly unhealthy and real graphic information can serve as the impetus for outrage.  The other useful measure is the ratio between locally owned and big boxes, which tend to draw money out of communities.

Here are the charts from Many Eyes:

Number of farmers markets and Farmers markets per 100k people, Many Eyes


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