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Study/Étude : Alternative Agricultural Markets, Alberta

Source: Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Alberta
A recent study on Alberta's Alternative Agricultural markets reveal that they are viable options for producers.

This study indicates that Alberta's farmers' markets, direct-farm retail and farm activities have experienced growth over the last five years. Since 2004 the average spending per visit to a farmers' market has increased from $35 to $45, a 30-per-cent increase well in excess of inflation participation in farm activities increased by 40%, and direct-farm retail by 7%. Since there is an increasing trend towards healthy eating, and the rising popularity of local/regional diets, the study included questions to consumers on their interest in eating "food made or grown in Alberta". Approximately $4 out of every $5 dollars is spent on local food.

The Executive Study and complete report are found on the


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