Researching Successful Strategies and Barriers for Farmers’ Markets to Serve Low-Income Communities
This project will examine strategies for implementing farmers’ markets in low-income communities, as well as barriers that need to be addressed to improve the viability of markets in these areas. This research will combine case study analysis and examination of a wide array of existing data collected by Project for Public Spaces (PPS) grantees, each of whom have implemented a variety of strategies to enhance the sustainability and community impact of the market. Specifically, this study seeks to address the following research questions: (1) what strategies are most effective in developing financially sustainable farmers’ markets in low- to moderate-income communities?, (2) what characteristics are most effective in attracting low-income and minority community shoppers to these markets?, and (3) how does youth-oriented farmers’ market programming affect orientation to healthy eating among children and families?
The healthfulness of foods and beverages found in retail food stores differs widely across the United States, both by location of the store as well as by store type. Some communities have limited access to stores that carry healthful staple foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, and … More
To address public health concerns about the negative impact of children’s fast food consumption, some of the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants – McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Wendy’s, KFC, and Dairy Queen – have pledged to remove sugar-sweetened fountain drinks from menu boards and/or offer healthier drinks and side dishes with … More
This study aimed to assess the relative impact of the home food environment on children’s diet after the introduction of a new supermarket in a food desert. This study builds upon a natural experiment to longitudinally examine the food-purchasing behaviors and diets among a randomly selected population of households in … More