FOOD: Transforming the American Table

Farmers' Markets

Reimagining American cuisine involved reviving a very old food-distribution system, the farmers' market. Chefs, consumers, food producers, and small farmers came together, marketing to and buying directly from each other. The new farmers' markets helped create a community of shared values around the quality of food. Between 1960 and 2000, the number of farmers' 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

Loan from Ann Yonkers

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.

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

Farmers' market tomatoes, 1999

Farmers' market tomatoes, 1999

Courtesy of Ann Yonkers