Source: New York Times


12 Number of certified farmers’ markets in California in 1979.

540 Number of certified farmers’ markets in California today, one-third of which are in the Bay Area. There are 5,270 such markets in the United States.

5 Calories in a strawberry, according to the Department of Agriculture.

435 Fuel calories required to ship a strawberry from California to New York, according to the Department of Agriculture.

3,780 Pints of strawberries sold in four hours at the Mountain View market, on average, according to the California Farmers’ Markets Association.

768 Pints of blueberries sold daily at the Saratoga market, up from 216 pints in 2008.

58.4 Average age of the California farmer, reported by the federal Census Bureau in the latest census of agriculture. The average age nationwide is 56.

56 Cents on the retail dollar that farmers receive when selling at a farmers’ market, according to the Department of Agriculture.

30 Cents on the dollar when selling wholesale, according to the Department of Agriculture.

100 Average miles that farms are from San Francisco farmers’ markets, according to a recent study by the farmers’ markets association.

6 A.M. Time one participating farmer, Bill Crepps, wakes up to drive his produce to the Ferry Plaza market, which lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

$1,000-$2,000 Mr. Crepps’s gross profit on a Saturday. On a typical market day, he is able to sell 10 25-pound crates of sugar snap peas, his most popular produce item, at $4 a pound.

100 The percentage of vendors who are certified organic at the Thursday Berkeley farmers’ markets; 80 percent are organic on the markets’ other selling days, a program organizer with the markets said.

85 The number of vendors who sell at the Ferry Plaza market, the third largest in the Bay Area. There is a waiting list for new vendors.

$6.99 Price for a pound of goat shank at the Ferry Plaza market.

15,000 Estimated number of customers at the Ferry Plaza market on a summer day, according to the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, which runs the market.

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