FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Farmer’s Markets

Reimagining American cuisine involved reviving a very old food-distribution system, the farmer’s market. Chefs, consumers, food producers, and small farmers came together, marketing to and buying directly from each other. The new farmer’s markets helped create a community of shared values around the quality of food. Between 1960 and 2000, the number of farmer’s markets nationwide grew from around 100 to over 3,000. Increasingly, market organizers are also sponsoring food education programs in their local communities.

Market Bag, about 1999

Market Bag, about 1999

FreshFarm Markets, an organization co-founded by Ann Yonkers and Bernie Prince, began selling produce, meat, milk and cheese, plants, and seafood from the Chesapeake Bay region in 1997. Their network of markets includes venues in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Lent by Ann Yonkers

FreshFarm Market in Washington, D.C., 1999

FreshFarm Market in Washington, D.C., 1999

Courtesy of Ann Yonkers

Sunday market shoppers, Washington, D.C., 1999

Sunday market shoppers, Washington, D.C., 1999

Courtesy of Ann Yonkers

Farmer’s market tomatoes, 1999

Farmer’s market tomatoes, 1999

Courtesy of Ann Yonkers