The number of winter markets across the US has grown along with their summer counterparts. Their growth indicates the establishment of the local food movement. Winter markets have their own set of challenges, particularly in colder states like Ohio. Indoor space is considerably more expensive than parking lots and vacant fields and cost is a significant hurdle for farmers’ markets that are often run on shoestring. Farmers are seeing demand for seasonal cool weather crops like chard, kale and winter squash and responding with season extending techniques. The challenge remains in finding the right space for winter markets to bring farmers and customers together.
In other parts of the world communities recognize the value of farmers’ markets and permanent markets with indoor facilities are common.